Draft Bills to Make It Harder to Change Names 立委提修法避「鮭魚之亂」 改名短期不得再改

In 2021, a restaurant offered free meals to anyone named "salmon." Over 300 people ended up changing their names to take advantage. Legislators say people who frequently change their names are wasting resources, and have proposed amending the Name Act.


Last year, a sushi restaurant launched a promotion where anyone named "salmon" was entitled to a free meal. In just two days, 331 Taiwanese people changed their names to take advantage of the promotion, resulting in what was dubbed "salmon chaos." This incident made international headlines. It's easy to change a name in Taiwan, and 100,000 people do so every year. People are allowed to change their names up to three times. Legislators say people who change their names for short-term benefits and then change them back because it's so easy are wasting public resources. They have proposed amendments to make it harder to change names.

Cheng Li-wen, Legislator (KMT): “The objective of the proposed amendment is to prevent people from changing their names again within six months after a name change request is approved.”

Lin Ching-chi, Dir. , Dept of Household Registration: “We don't ask the reason, and people are allowed three name changes. This is something that we insist on. This may create difficulties for our colleagues. However, the proposal made today can be discussed. After a name is changed, can it immediately be changed back or something else? We think that there is room for discussion. ”

The Kuomintang's draft bill bars people from changing names again in the six months after a name change. The Democratic Progressive Party's draft bill bars people from changing names again in the three years after a name change. The Ministry of the Interior said it will respect the results of the legislature's discussion. There was also a proposal for a seven-day waiting period before a name change takes effect, but the MOI shot it down.

Hua Ching-chun, Deputy Interior Minister: “Our current system is for ID cards and household registrations to be changed immediately and go into effect, so that is of course our current method because we don't want to have a waiting period.”

Legislators said Japan makes it very difficult for people to change names, and asked if Taiwan's household registration offices have any examination mechanisms. The MOI responded that frontline colleagues offer advice but cannot prevent people from going ahead with name changes. The public is asked to be prudent.

 

 

 

只要名字有「鮭魚」就能享有整桌用餐免費,壽司業者去年推出同名「鮭魚」免費吃活動,短短2天吸引331人響應活動改名,引發「鮭魚之亂」,還登上國際版面。

台灣改名便利,每年約有10萬人改名,每人有3次更名機會,朝野立委認為民眾利用改名的方便性,謀取短期利益,又迅速改回原本名字,浪費行政資源,提案修法提高更名門檻。

國民黨立委鄭麗文說:「本席所提的這個修正條例,是希望能夠在申請通過改名之後,在6個月之內不得再次變更。」

內政部戶政司長林清淇表示:「我們一開始就不問理由可以改3次,這個我們硬要硬擋,可能對同仁來講也有一些難度,不過,委員今天提出的一個案子,有一個適度的相當的,就是改完之後,是不是馬上可以改回來,還是怎麼樣,我們也覺得說這個是大家可以討論的空間。」

國民黨立委鄭麗文提案,更名後半年內不能再次更名,民進黨立委羅致政則提案3年內不得再改名,針對立委研議增設改名期限,內政部次長花敬群表示,尊重立法院討論結果,也有立委提案,改名後要7天才能發揮效力,但花敬群回應,不宜有空窗期。

花敬群說:「立刻換身分證、換戶口名簿,這個立刻生效,我們現在制度就是這樣,當然這是我們現在的模式,就是希望不要有這個空窗期。」

立委舉例日本改名相當嚴謹,認為國內戶政事務所是否能把關,有沒有審查機制?對此,內政部回應,第一線同仁就名字命名,會先行勸告,但無法硬性阻擋,呼籲民眾改名要更加謹慎。

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