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Taiwan News Quick Take

■ IMMIGRATION

"Address updates needed

National Immigration Agency Director Wu Chen-chi (吳振吉) yesterday urged foreign residents to inform the agency as soon as they move so that residency renewal notices can be delivered in time. He said the agency has found that most residents who overstay visas do so because they forget to renew them. "Many [foreigners] still do not receive a notice because they didn't change their mailing addresses after they moved," Wu said.

■ POLITICS

Campaign subsidies set

The Central Election Commission announced on Wednesday that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was eligible for a campaign subsidy of approximately NT$180 million (US$5.62 million), while the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) was eligible for a subsidy of approximately NT$250 million. The Public Officials Election and Recall Law (公職人員選罷法) says the government must provide campaign subsidies to political parties every year based on the results of the latest legislative elections. The latest elections took place on Jan. 12. Parties that garner more than 5 percent of the votes in the elections were eligible to receive subsidies each year during the current legislature, which runs from through Jan. 31, 2012. Of the 12 political parties that took part in the Jan. 12 polls, only the DPP and the KMT received more than 5 percent of the votes cast, the commission said.

■ TOURISM

Tourist numbers lower

Outbound passengers numbers during the Lunar New Year holiday was down by an average of between 10 percent and 15 percent compared with last year, the National Immigration Agency said on Wednesday. Agency statistics showed that the number of people entering and leaving the country totaled 385,829 between Feb. 6 and Feb.11, with the number of people leaving during the period totaling 193,223. During the last Lunar New Year, the number of people leaving and entering the country totaled 403,187, with 240,248 making outbound trips. That translates to nearly 10,000 fewer outbound passengers per day this year, the agency said. Tourism officials attributed the decrease to the weather, noting that major tourism destinations for Taiwanese in the past -- China, Japan and South Korea -- were also suffering cold spells. Nearly 10,000 people who had planned to travel overseas canceled their trips. This, coupled with family members of China-based Taiwanese businesspeople canceling trips to China, contributed to the decrease, the agency said.

■ HEALTH

Japanese cooperation hailed

A recent incident involving contaminated Chinese-made dumplings in Japan has proven that the food safety notification mechanisms between Taiwan and Japan work well, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday. Some 48 packages of Chinese-made dumplings sold by Mitsuke Co were imported to Taiwan last October and sold at a food fair in the SOGO Department Store in Taipei. However, those dumplings had been manufactured at a different time from the ones involved in the Japanese health scare ones and no one was reported ill. Peter Tsai (蔡明耀), deputy director of the Committee on Japanese Affairs, said Japan's Interchange Association Taipei Office had quickly notified the ministry that Taiwan could also have imported some of the toxic dumplings. "Taiwan and Japan have established a very good notification mechanism," he said.

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