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People in Taiwan are changing their name to 'Salmon' for new sushi craze


The craze began on Tuesday when restaurant chain Akindo Sushiro said any customer whose ID card contained Gui Yu’- the Chinese characters for salmon – could get all-you-can-eat sushi for themselves and five friends.

This led to dozens of people requesting a name change. 

Legally people in Taiwan can change their name up to three times. 

But Taiwanese officials were unimpressed.

The Deputy Interior Minister Chen Tsung-yen told reporters: “This kind of name change not only wastes time but causes unnecessary paperwork.” 

He added: “I hope everyone can be more rational about it.”

According to the Taipei Times applicants pay around $3 (NT$80) for a new ID card and a registration certificate.

One student in Taichung said she had changed her name to “Kuo Salmon Rice Bowl” but planned to change it back the next day.

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