By: Liu Chien-pang and Kuo Chung-han
Taipei, May 14 (CNA) Longtime Taiwan-based Japanese pianist Azusa Fujita (藤
田梓) has been awarded a Plum Blossom Card, the Republic of China’s permanent residency card for non-nationals, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Thursday.
Ho Jung-chun (何榮村), deputy director-general of the NIA, said the card is mostly given to Christian missionaries who have lived in the country for decades, but recently more esteemed people in other professions have also been granted the card.
Experts with special skills and investment immigrants are included among those who may be granted the card.
Fujita, founder of the Frederic Chopin Foundation Taipei, said Thursday she looked forward to her new status as a permanent resident of Taiwan, which she said showed her efforts and contribution were recognized by Taiwanese people. [FULL STORY]