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Yvan Da Silva4,840Hi everyone,As many of you already know, I have a nice circle called "ReadThis", the name says it all. From time to time I go check what that circle is doing because I know they do great posts, have absolutely brilliant minds and have caught my attention at a moment or another.You don't have to do anything special to get in, this circle is in constant movement. People get in, some people get out etc. Depending on their posts, comments and activity. If you are new to Google+ then this is definitively a circle you might consider. You do not have to add them all, you can actually select which people you want to follow! Hope it will help you find great people.Happy Friday everyone ! #followfriday   #followfridaycircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  2012-11-09 16:53:45199303
Yvan Da Silva4,570I know I don't always read all your post guys, but if you are in here is because you do have posts that ROCK the world :D And because I don't have time to read all your posts, I give here the chance to others to do it :D  #sharedcircles   #circleshare  2012-09-17 12:36:44183602
Yvan Da Silva4,568From time to time, I like to share my "Read this" circle.Some of you might know how this circle works in particular already so start checking it if it's the case ( ^ _ ^ )//.So what is this circle ?People gets in and out depending on their posts. They have no real point in common except one, I enjoy reading what they say. Most of the people in this circle have been in there since the beginning of it.Why ? Because they are AwEsOmE people ! I am  not saying you should check their profiles and posts, but YES you must check them out!Now that is said, enjoy. Don't get frustrated if you are not in anymore or if you would like to be in.You really can get in my circles easily, be friendly, complete your profile, do nice posts comment on others people post and for sure you'll get in as soon as I see something that I like about you :D This circle is made only and only on my own biased judgment so be indulgentI love you all, I just don't always have the time to read everything :( Big hugs to you all ! All abroad the G+ community lots of love to you!2012-08-22 22:55:20169613

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2014-03-31 13:32:30 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I've had a few inquiries from Russian software engineers in Japan who are now interested in naturalizing for the sake of passports. The Russian passport, which is already quite limited with respect to visa-free travel, may become even more restricted due to the events in Ukraine, they worry.

Most reshares: 1

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2014-03-24 05:25:26 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This is an example of how sometimes even with a treaty, extradition fails. South Korea is one of the only two countries for which Japan has an extradition treaty (the other is the United States). Japan wanted South Korea to hand over a Chinese national that had, they claimed, committed arson (unsuccessfully) at Yasukuni Shrine. The Republic of Korea refused, saying that the crime was not arson, but was political.

Most plusones: 5

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2014-10-17 07:12:39 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Don't worry. There are no karaoke machines in the interview rooms for Japanese nationality. There are no civic knowledge tests whatsoever.

Latest 50 posts

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2015-03-16 05:38:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

We recently added a new contributor to Becoming legally Japanese: Shimon, from Bangladesh, naturalized to Japanese this year. He will be the first contributor to the site who had Bangladesh nationality.

We're always looking for naturalized people from different countries who can share their experiences in English for the blog, as the procedures for every person -- and in general, every country, are always a little different.

Welcome, +Showumen biswas !

We recently added a new contributor to Becoming legally Japanese: Shimon, from Bangladesh, naturalized to Japanese this year. He will be the first contributor to the site who had Bangladesh nationality.

We're always looking for naturalized people from different countries who can share their experiences in English for the blog, as the procedures for every person -- and in general, every country, are always a little different.

Welcome, +Showumen biswas !___

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2015-02-26 05:06:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Officially welcoming our newest addition and contributer: an American who naturalized to Japan after living in Japan move than fifty (!) years, William Wetherall. William single handedly runs the Japan research site, Yosha Research, which is linked in the Related Sites gadget on the right side of the Becoming Legally Japanese web site.

Officially welcoming our newest addition and contributer: an American who naturalized to Japan after living in Japan move than fifty (!) years, William Wetherall. William single handedly runs the Japan research site, Yosha Research, which is linked in the Related Sites gadget on the right side of the Becoming Legally Japanese web site.___

2015-02-26 02:40:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

William Wetherall is a naturalized Japanese (of American origin) that does a lot of academic research into nationality law. He is also a contributor to the site (see the Authors page). I've added a link to the section of the site that studies Japanese nationality into the "Related Links" gadget on the right side of the web page.

William Wetherall is a naturalized Japanese (of American origin) that does a lot of academic research into nationality law. He is also a contributor to the site (see the Authors page). I've added a link to the section of the site that studies Japanese nationality into the "Related Links" gadget on the right side of the web page.___

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2015-02-25 06:00:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A technical improvement to the blog: In the past, I implemented a 800ms delay on load in order to make sure the dynamic views loaded all for information to make sure the site rendered properly. The almost one second delay was arbitrarily chosen as being the longest it would take most people's reasonable net connections and speeds to get the info.

Now, using this fix, it may display much faster as it loads as soon as it's ready.

A technical improvement to the blog: In the past, I implemented a 800ms delay on load in order to make sure the dynamic views loaded all for information to make sure the site rendered properly. The almost one second delay was arbitrarily chosen as being the longest it would take most people's reasonable net connections and speeds to get the info.

Now, using this fix, it may display much faster as it loads as soon as it's ready.___

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2015-02-08 15:09:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Sorry, but in many constitutions of the world, "people" or "People" does not always include non-citizens or foreigners.

Sorry, but in many constitutions of the world, "people" or "People" does not always include non-citizens or foreigners.___

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2015-02-08 10:14:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Overall this video makes some good points, but it does have one big fatal flaw: while it seems to understand that nationality is separate, it does confuse and mix the concepts of race and ethnicity. Note how the speaker sometimes says "race SLASH ethnicity". This confusion often leads to statements implying that ethnicity is like race in that it can't be changed. Ethnicity, unlike race, is not necessarily constant or immutable, and whether one is a certain ethnicity or another is often a subjective thing that people don't necessarily agree on or can define.

Overall this video makes some good points, but it does have one big fatal flaw: while it seems to understand that nationality is separate, it does confuse and mix the concepts of race and ethnicity. Note how the speaker sometimes says "race SLASH ethnicity". This confusion often leads to statements implying that ethnicity is like race in that it can't be changed. Ethnicity, unlike race, is not necessarily constant or immutable, and whether one is a certain ethnicity or another is often a subjective thing that people don't necessarily agree on or can define.___

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2015-01-25 10:01:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Yet another Question answered: #106. Are there any annual quotas or limits regarding naturalization or immigration in Japan?

Yet another Question answered: #106. Are there any annual quotas or limits regarding naturalization or immigration in Japan?___

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2015-01-25 09:56:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Japan has yet to set a cap on the number of non-Japanese that can immigrate (or even visit) to the country legally because it's never needed a cap.

Japan has yet to set a cap on the number of non-Japanese that can immigrate (or even visit) to the country legally because it's never needed a cap.___

2015-01-21 11:37:06 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

If there's any doubt that Muslims exist in Japan, this should help. The original article and more background: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2013/10/can-muslims-acquire-japanese.html

If there's any doubt that Muslims exist in Japan, this should help. The original article and more background: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2013/10/can-muslims-acquire-japanese.html___

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2015-01-19 10:51:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Updated to include an entry with Norwegian-Japanese Mona Nakanishi and her birthdate (currently 38).

Updated to include an entry with Norwegian-Japanese Mona Nakanishi and her birthdate (currently 38).___

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2015-01-19 02:54:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Updated with a small blurb about the difference between 判子 {hanko} and 印鑑 {inkan}. Do you know the difference? Most Japanese don't!

Updated with a small blurb about the difference between 判子 {hanko} and 印鑑 {inkan}. Do you know the difference? Most Japanese don't!___

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2015-01-19 02:44:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I've collected questions about naturalization that I see on BBS forums as well as though who have sent the questions directly to our group through email. Every once in a while, I or somebody else answers one of these questions with a blog post (like just yesterday regarding kanji names: Question #92). If you have a question you'd like answered regarding Becoming legally Japanese, please post it on the Google+ "Turning Japanese" Community.

I've collected questions about naturalization that I see on BBS forums as well as though who have sent the questions directly to our group through email. Every once in a while, I or somebody else answers one of these questions with a blog post (like just yesterday regarding kanji names: Question #92). If you have a question you'd like answered regarding Becoming legally Japanese, please post it on the Google+ "Turning Japanese" Community.___

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2015-01-18 14:39:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Kimberly Ito has already done a post on whether you need a Japanese sounding name or not. This post clarifies if your name MUST be written in kanji (via 当て字 etc). TL;DR: no.

Kimberly Ito has already done a post on whether you need a Japanese sounding name or not. This post clarifies if your name MUST be written in kanji (via 当て字 etc). TL;DR: no.___

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2015-01-12 05:34:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Updated to reflect the corrected/deleted/rewritten Japanese citizenship/immigration articles.

Updated to reflect the corrected/deleted/rewritten Japanese citizenship/immigration articles.___

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2015-01-12 05:25:21 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Only took them about three years to fix the article. ☺

Only took them about three years to fix the article. ☺___

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2015-01-09 07:50:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I got a few comments about how I only write profiles on American men who naturalize. So this week, I'm profiling a woman whose father is Nordic. You're welcome, +Jan Moren .

I got a few comments about how I only write profiles on American men who naturalize. So this week, I'm profiling a woman whose father is Nordic. You're welcome, +Jan Moren .___

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2015-01-09 04:31:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

UPDATED some of the fees, links and dates. Unfortunately, I couldn't find/confirm the fees for some of the more unusual procedures (like how much it costs for death (!) ), as the master price change sheet has changed / moved.

UPDATED some of the fees, links and dates. Unfortunately, I couldn't find/confirm the fees for some of the more unusual procedures (like how much it costs for death (!) ), as the master price change sheet has changed / moved.___

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2015-01-09 04:14:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Updated the fee for renunciation to $2,350 and fixed an anchor pointing to a deleted page on the TACS (Tokyo American Citizens Service) page to point to a different one.

Updated the fee for renunciation to $2,350 and fixed an anchor pointing to a deleted page on the TACS (Tokyo American Citizens Service) page to point to a different one.___

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2015-01-09 04:08:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Updated this too to indicate the new $2350 fee.

Updated this too to indicate the new $2350 fee.___

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2015-01-09 03:54:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Updated this post too to reflect new renunciation fee (again, different from RELINQUISHING U.S. citizenship for naturalization, which is free).

Updated this post too to reflect new renunciation fee (again, different from RELINQUISHING U.S. citizenship for naturalization, which is free).___

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2015-01-09 03:49:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Updated to reflect the new fee for renunciation: now $2350 instead of $450 (used to be free). RELINQUISHMENT of U.S. nationality, what you do when you naturalize to Japanese, is still free.

Updated to reflect the new fee for renunciation: now $2350 instead of $450 (used to be free). RELINQUISHMENT of U.S. nationality, what you do when you naturalize to Japanese, is still free.___

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2015-01-09 01:15:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Updated this post to include information about 訂正印 {teiseiin}: stamps used to acknowledge typos and corrections.

Updated this post to include information about 訂正印 {teiseiin}: stamps used to acknowledge typos and corrections.___

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2015-01-09 00:44:07 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Updated this post to include Cyprus.

Updated this post to include Cyprus.___

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2015-01-04 04:27:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Starting with Opera 26 (which uses WebKit for its rendering engine instead of the old Presto engine), Opera browsers can now display ruby, such as what is used on our blog, without any special add-ons, extensions, or style sheet hacks.

Starting with Opera 26 (which uses WebKit for its rendering engine instead of the old Presto engine), Opera browsers can now display ruby, such as what is used on our blog, without any special add-ons, extensions, or style sheet hacks.___

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2015-01-03 17:10:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Akemashite omedetō gozaimasu! 2014 was not a productive year for BlJ, but we hope to change that in 2015 with a lot more profiles of famous naturalized people. Here's a big one. Literally.

Akemashite omedetō gozaimasu! 2014 was not a productive year for BlJ, but we hope to change that in 2015 with a lot more profiles of famous naturalized people. Here's a big one. Literally.___

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2015-01-02 10:19:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Happy New Year! Taiwan is apparently making it a little easier to naturalize, and making their system similar to Japan in that for some countries you can renounce your other nationalities after acquiring your new nationality. The time line Taiwan gives is one year. Japan is two years. Like Japan, Taiwan is now forgiving very minor offenses when it comes to naturalization.

Happy New Year! Taiwan is apparently making it a little easier to naturalize, and making their system similar to Japan in that for some countries you can renounce your other nationalities after acquiring your new nationality. The time line Taiwan gives is one year. Japan is two years. Like Japan, Taiwan is now forgiving very minor offenses when it comes to naturalization.___

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2014-11-18 12:52:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Just three colors and types? Japan also has a bevy of colors (though the design and security features aren't as cool as Norway's): http://www.turning-japanese.info/2012/07/types-of-japanese-passports.html

Just three colors and types? Japan also has a bevy of colors (though the design and security features aren't as cool as Norway's): http://www.turning-japanese.info/2012/07/types-of-japanese-passports.html___

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2014-11-12 06:58:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Quoted: Officials can reject an applicant because he hasn’t adopted French values, or merely because his request isn’t “opportune.”  So far, my favorite part of the application is the option to “Frenchify” my name. In official examples, Mrs. “El Mehri” becomes Mrs. “Emery”; “Ahmed” becomes “Ahmed Alain” (or if he prefers, “Alain Ahmed”); and the Polish immigrant “Jacek Krzysztof Henryk” emerges as the debonair “Maxime.”

For Japanese naturalization, the only Japanese "values" you are required to adopt is to obey the Japanese Constitution, Japanese laws, and be a good citizen. You may have to demonstrate minimal Japanese language ability... not to demonstrate Japanese "values" , but to demonstrate minimum skills necessary to make a living in Japan. You do have to "Japanify" your name, by either picking a new name (anything youwant) or converting/modifying your exist... more »

Quoted: Officials can reject an applicant because he hasn’t adopted French values, or merely because his request isn’t “opportune.”  So far, my favorite part of the application is the option to “Frenchify” my name. In official examples, Mrs. “El Mehri” becomes Mrs. “Emery”; “Ahmed” becomes “Ahmed Alain” (or if he prefers, “Alain Ahmed”); and the Polish immigrant “Jacek Krzysztof Henryk” emerges as the debonair “Maxime.”

For Japanese naturalization, the only Japanese "values" you are required to adopt is to obey the Japanese Constitution, Japanese laws, and be a good citizen. You may have to demonstrate minimal Japanese language ability... not to demonstrate Japanese "values" , but to demonstrate minimum skills necessary to make a living in Japan. You do have to "Japanify" your name, by either picking a new name (anything you want) or converting/modifying your existing into any combination of kana (hiragana and/or katakana) and Japanese kanji.___

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2014-10-27 08:13:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Your birthplace, believe it or not, is not listed on a Japanese passport.

Passport becomes a big court case

WASHINGTON — Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky just turned 12. For 11 of those years, he has been the protagonist in a legal battle that the U.S. government warns could "provoke uproar throughout the Arab and Muslim world." Now the Supreme Court is weighing in — for the second time. Young Menachem's offense? He was born in Jerusalem. His parents, Ari and Naomi, want his birthplace listed as "Israel" on his passport. But ever since Israel was recognized in 1948, the official U.S. policy has been that Jerusalem is a city unto itself. "For a person born in Jerusalem, write JERUSALEM as the place of birth in the passport," the State Department's Foreign Affairs Manual clearly states. "Do not write Israel, Jordan or West Bank for a person bornwit... more »

Your birthplace, believe it or not, is not listed on a Japanese passport.

Passport becomes a big court case

WASHINGTON — Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky just turned 12. For 11 of those years, he has been the protagonist in a legal battle that the U.S. government warns could "provoke uproar throughout the Arab and Muslim world." Now the Supreme Court is weighing in — for the second time. Young Menachem's offense? He was born in Jerusalem. His parents, Ari and Naomi, want his birthplace listed as "Israel" on his passport. But ever since Israel was recognized in 1948, the official U.S. policy has been that Jerusalem is a city unto itself. "For a person born in Jerusalem, write JERUSALEM as the place of birth in the passport," the State Department's Foreign Affairs Manual clearly states. "Do not write Israel, Jordan or West Bank for a person born within the current municipal borders of Jerusalem."___

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2014-10-17 07:12:39 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Don't worry. There are no karaoke machines in the interview rooms for Japanese nationality. There are no civic knowledge tests whatsoever.

Don't worry. There are no karaoke machines in the interview rooms for Japanese nationality. There are no civic knowledge tests whatsoever.___

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2014-10-07 12:56:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

No regrets regarding becoming legally Japanese.

No regrets regarding becoming legally Japanese.___

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2014-09-04 03:21:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

An excellent article that talks about why there are so many family names in Japanese compared to other "kanji countries". Includes explanations about naturalized Japanese family names too.

An excellent article that talks about why there are so many family names in Japanese compared to other "kanji countries". Includes explanations about naturalized Japanese family names too.___

2014-07-19 00:40:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Adding another "benefit" to being a Japanese national to the following page: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2012/06/why-would-anybody-want-to-become.html

Adding another "benefit" to being a Japanese national to the following page: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2012/06/why-would-anybody-want-to-become.html___

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2014-07-02 03:11:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Updated the disclaimer to describe how to opt-out of certain features regarding aggregate statistics and ads.

Updated the disclaimer to describe how to opt-out of certain features regarding aggregate statistics and ads.___

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2014-07-01 05:54:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The Adobe PDF "Report of Loss of Foreign Nationality" form, which is necessary for the latest post, has been made available for public download from our library. You can also get the form at any city hall or ward office.

The Adobe PDF "Report of Loss of Foreign Nationality" form, which is necessary for the latest post, has been made available for public download from our library. You can also get the form at any city hall or ward office.___

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2014-07-01 04:08:01 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The last article I wrote about the American that was caught not following through with the relinquishment of his U.S. nationality got a LOT of attention, and I received much more email, messages, and SNS comments than usual from a few concerned naturalized people.

Thus, to help them, I published this and came out by giving my opinion on the matter.

The last article I wrote about the American that was caught not following through with the relinquishment of his U.S. nationality got a LOT of attention, and I received much more email, messages, and SNS comments than usual from a few concerned naturalized people.

Thus, to help them, I published this and came out by giving my opinion on the matter.___

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2014-06-30 11:46:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A well done #French language site has been reading our site, apparently, and has done a great summary (at least from what I can tell from machine translation to English) post about three unknown points about #naturalization to #Japan. In addition to that post, there is a lot information about visas, living, and immigration to Japan!

A well done #French language site has been reading our site, apparently, and has done a great summary (at least from what I can tell from machine translation to English) post about three unknown points about #naturalization to #Japan. In addition to that post, there is a lot information about visas, living, and immigration to Japan!___

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2014-06-13 04:58:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

An interesting old video from a few decades ago.

An interesting old video from a few decades ago.___

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2014-06-08 14:21:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I've been updating this page to make it easier to navigate; famous naturalized people are now listed in table format, with former names, Japanese names, birth dates, and naturalization dates. Some of this data is not available in the linking posts.

I've been updating this page to make it easier to navigate; famous naturalized people are now listed in table format, with former names, Japanese names, birth dates, and naturalization dates. Some of this data is not available in the linking posts.___

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2014-06-06 01:16:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The best paragraph from this article is here: "Japan is a jus sanguinis (right of blood) country, meaning … you’re out of luck if [at least one] your parents aren’t Japanese [nationals]. Naturalized citizenship is a possibility, but it requires five continuous years of residence, no run-ins with the law, and the financial wherewithal to support oneself."

Why? Because it shows that the article author +Brian Bremner actually looked up this information on the internet, possibly getting it from our site or from a site that referenced it once.

Just a few years ago, it was not uncommon for major publications to say that Japanese naturalization was all but impossible, based on the fact that there are so many non-national born-in-Japan Chinese and Koreans; the reason for that is complicated, but it has nothing to do with naturalization's (lack of) difficulty.
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The best paragraph from this article is here: "Japan is a jus sanguinis (right of blood) country, meaning … you’re out of luck if [at least one] your parents aren’t Japanese [nationals]. Naturalized citizenship is a possibility, but it requires five continuous years of residence, no run-ins with the law, and the financial wherewithal to support oneself."

Why? Because it shows that the article author +Brian Bremner actually looked up this information on the internet, possibly getting it from our site or from a site that referenced it once.

Just a few years ago, it was not uncommon for major publications to say that Japanese naturalization was all but impossible, based on the fact that there are so many non-national born-in-Japan Chinese and Koreans; the reason for that is complicated, but it has nothing to do with naturalization's (lack of) difficulty.

The fact that major publications are starting to actually list the very reasonable steps for naturalization (don't be a criminal, don't be a welfare candidate, live in Japan for five years) is a big step towards an accurate understanding of Japanese nationality law.

The article is not perfect, and makes some generalizations that deserve scrutiny, but it's description of Japanese naturalization is ten times better than most newspapers and magazines.___

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2014-06-03 02:31:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I was introduced to this person through a mutual acquaintance two days ago, who then gave me his personal details so I can talk to him personally. I have never heard of any American that has been caught or suffered consequences for naturalization fraud. This guy may be the first.

I was introduced to this person through a mutual acquaintance two days ago, who then gave me his personal details so I can talk to him personally. I have never heard of any American that has been caught or suffered consequences for naturalization fraud. This guy may be the first.___

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2014-03-31 13:32:30 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I've had a few inquiries from Russian software engineers in Japan who are now interested in naturalizing for the sake of passports. The Russian passport, which is already quite limited with respect to visa-free travel, may become even more restricted due to the events in Ukraine, they worry.

I've had a few inquiries from Russian software engineers in Japan who are now interested in naturalizing for the sake of passports. The Russian passport, which is already quite limited with respect to visa-free travel, may become even more restricted due to the events in Ukraine, they worry.___

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2014-03-28 08:39:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

We added a new contributor to our team this week: professional Japanese-English translator Dutch/American naturalized Japanese +Wataru Tenga ! He came to Japan in 1978 (before going to Japan once in your life was something that many people do) and naturalized in 2005. We're happy to have him!

We added a new contributor to our team this week: professional Japanese-English translator Dutch/American naturalized Japanese +Wataru Tenga ! He came to Japan in 1978 (before going to Japan once in your life was something that many people do) and naturalized in 2005. We're happy to have him!___

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2014-03-24 05:25:26 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This is an example of how sometimes even with a treaty, extradition fails. South Korea is one of the only two countries for which Japan has an extradition treaty (the other is the United States). Japan wanted South Korea to hand over a Chinese national that had, they claimed, committed arson (unsuccessfully) at Yasukuni Shrine. The Republic of Korea refused, saying that the crime was not arson, but was political.

This is an example of how sometimes even with a treaty, extradition fails. South Korea is one of the only two countries for which Japan has an extradition treaty (the other is the United States). Japan wanted South Korea to hand over a Chinese national that had, they claimed, committed arson (unsuccessfully) at Yasukuni Shrine. The Republic of Korea refused, saying that the crime was not arson, but was political.___

2014-03-24 05:22:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This is an interesting case regarding former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori. Contrary to popular belief, he is not naturalized nor was he fast-tracked to residency. He was a natural-born Japanese national (his mother registered him at the Japanese embassy within three months of his birth) and he did not have to choose a nationality at 22 because he was born before 1985.

This journal claims that the reason that Japan did not extradite him was because Japan has no extradition treaty with Peru. It is correct that Japan has no extradition treaty, but that is not the main reason. Japan does not extradite its own nationals, whether there is a treaty or not.

This is an interesting case regarding former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori. Contrary to popular belief, he is not naturalized nor was he fast-tracked to residency. He was a natural-born Japanese national (his mother registered him at the Japanese embassy within three months of his birth) and he did not have to choose a nationality at 22 because he was born before 1985.

This journal claims that the reason that Japan did not extradite him was because Japan has no extradition treaty with Peru. It is correct that Japan has no extradition treaty, but that is not the main reason. Japan does not extradite its own nationals, whether there is a treaty or not.___

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2014-03-23 04:45:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Extradition, despite treaties and agreements, is a very complicated process that is usually only done for the most serious of crimes. Even with a treaty, many countries handle extradition on a case-by-case at the highest levels of government, and countries have been known to occasionally not honor prior agreements and treaties when there's a disagreement as to the validity of the crime (for example, a political crime in one countries eyes and a regular crime in another country's opinion).

Extradition, despite treaties and agreements, is a very complicated process that is usually only done for the most serious of crimes. Even with a treaty, many countries handle extradition on a case-by-case at the highest levels of government, and countries have been known to occasionally not honor prior agreements and treaties when there's a disagreement as to the validity of the crime (for example, a political crime in one countries eyes and a regular crime in another country's opinion).___

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2014-03-22 13:47:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I updated this article to include an additional reason (freedom from extradition to countries other than Japan), making the total amount of reasons why someone would want to acquire Japanese nationality to sixteen (16).

I updated this article to include an additional reason (freedom from extradition to countries other than Japan), making the total amount of reasons why someone would want to acquire Japanese nationality to sixteen (16).___

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2014-03-16 09:18:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I have found one other blog entry written by "Curzon" who says that the first international marriage was between Mr. Juro MIURA [kanji not known] and Ms. Crausentz Gertamier [sp?], but I cannot find another source to back this up. If anybody knows the names and spelling/kanji (and nationality) of this first Japanese/non-Japanese husband and wife, please let us know.

I have found one other blog entry written by "Curzon" who says that the first international marriage was between Mr. Juro MIURA [kanji not known] and Ms. Crausentz Gertamier [sp?], but I cannot find another source to back this up. If anybody knows the names and spelling/kanji (and nationality) of this first Japanese/non-Japanese husband and wife, please let us know.___

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2014-03-09 10:19:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Although they are not easy to get and how the awards are given are not methodical (or periodic) in their selection, there were too many honorary citizens (both Japanese and non-Japanese) to list here. The list of entities (real and fictional) that have received Special Residency Registration is even longer.

Although they are not easy to get and how the awards are given are not methodical (or periodic) in their selection, there were too many honorary citizens (both Japanese and non-Japanese) to list here. The list of entities (real and fictional) that have received Special Residency Registration is even longer.___

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2014-02-27 14:08:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I added a new section: India. The section contains all the posts that have information that is relevant to or applies to India.

As we have naturalized Japanese that are members of Becoming legally Japanese, such as +Ramesh ラメシュ , we hope to have more information related to Japanese naturalization and India in the future!

I added a new section: India. The section contains all the posts that have information that is relevant to or applies to India.

As we have naturalized Japanese that are members of Becoming legally Japanese, such as +Ramesh ラメシュ , we hope to have more information related to Japanese naturalization and India in the future!___

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