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2015-04-15 02:29:42 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

The below tweet talks about the interview process for naturalization for South Korea. As part of the test, you must sing one of the first four verses of the ROK national anthem. Fortunately, you do not have to memorize (or sing) the Japanese national anthem to naturalize. If you had to take a test for Japanese nationality, could you pass? Try taking a mock (old) imaginary test here: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2012/12/could-you-pass-japanese-citizenship-test.html

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2016-01-12 05:23:10 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

BlJ gets referenced in a Snopes article regarding Japan Muslim Myths.

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2016-01-12 05:23:10 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

BlJ gets referenced in a Snopes article regarding Japan Muslim Myths.

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2016-02-13 13:48:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

A common misconception is that you need the cooperation of your parents in order to obtain their birth, marriage, or divorce certificates, which discourages some from trying to naturalize or causes them to criticize the requirement as being too difficult. But actually, depending on the country, you do not need your (legal) parent or guardian's consent or cooperation to obtain their vital records if you follow procedure. Obviously, obtaining their death certificates does not require their cooperation.

A common misconception is that you need the cooperation of your parents in order to obtain their birth, marriage, or divorce certificates, which discourages some from trying to naturalize or causes them to criticize the requirement as being too difficult. But actually, depending on the country, you do not need your (legal) parent or guardian's consent or cooperation to obtain their vital records if you follow procedure. Obviously, obtaining their death certificates does not require their cooperation.___

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2016-02-12 04:27:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

An interesting side effect of being from an advanced developing country is that they have better record keeping, which means the applicant has to go through more work to obtain those records. If you're from a developing country, where accurate vital records are not kept by the government, you may not need to provide birth/marriage/death certificates.

An interesting side effect of being from an advanced developing country is that they have better record keeping, which means the applicant has to go through more work to obtain those records. If you're from a developing country, where accurate vital records are not kept by the government, you may not need to provide birth/marriage/death certificates.___

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2016-01-31 14:37:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

It was a lot of fun researching this: went to cemeteries (you can see the shots), libraries to read old books, and went on a few tangents with history related to other foreigners and The Japan Times during World War 2. I'm amazed that the Japan Times wrote almost nothing about this man (one article, no obit), yet the New York Times covered these men in more detail.

It was a lot of fun researching this: went to cemeteries (you can see the shots), libraries to read old books, and went on a few tangents with history related to other foreigners and The Japan Times during World War 2. I'm amazed that the Japan Times wrote almost nothing about this man (one article, no obit), yet the New York Times covered these men in more detail.___

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2016-01-23 07:48:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Went to Tama Cemetary the other day to do some research on a naturalization subject biography I'll be publishing soon. His father, who lived in Japan but never naturalized, is located in the "foreigner" section of the cemetery. Interestingly, most of the headstones in the foreigner's area have Arabic and Islamic crescent symbols on them. This is because that religion doesn't allow for cremation, which is the most common form of burial in Japan. Burial is very expensive due to the scarcity of land in Japan, so only the wealthy and famous are buried in Tama. Another famous family, the Gorham family, is buried here (in the Japanese area, because they [husband & wife, originally American] naturalized): http://www.turning-japanese.info/2014/01/gorham.html

Went to Tama Cemetary the other day to do some research on a naturalization subject biography I'll be publishing soon. His father, who lived in Japan but never naturalized, is located in the "foreigner" section of the cemetery. Interestingly, most of the headstones in the foreigner's area have Arabic and Islamic crescent symbols on them. This is because that religion doesn't allow for cremation, which is the most common form of burial in Japan. Burial is very expensive due to the scarcity of land in Japan, so only the wealthy and famous are buried in Tama. Another famous family, the Gorham family, is buried here (in the Japanese area, because they [husband & wife, originally American] naturalized): http://www.turning-japanese.info/2014/01/gorham.html___

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2016-01-20 15:28:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Here's what should be a simple and obvious tip: if you didn't do anything other than spend money to get the passport, and that passport requires no commitment of anything other than money from you going forward, then that nationality is probably worthless in the eyes of the rest of the world community. More info: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2013/04/is-it-possible-to-just-buy-citizenship.html

Here's what should be a simple and obvious tip: if you didn't do anything other than spend money to get the passport, and that passport requires no commitment of anything other than money from you going forward, then that nationality is probably worthless in the eyes of the rest of the world community. More info: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2013/04/is-it-possible-to-just-buy-citizenship.html___

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2016-01-17 12:41:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

TLDR for the article: Putin said that if he fulfilled the requirements that mere mortals must go through to get citizenship, then he can get citizenship too. Gerard Depardieu was a case of "extraordinary naturalization." He would be normal naturalization. If he was applying to Japan and not Russia, this would be the answer: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2012/06/do-rich-or-famous-get-to-skip.html

"I want to ask you about maybe having a passport to go back and forth so that I can do business," said Roy Jones Jr.
He added without a hint of irony: "because all the people here seem to love Roy Jones Jr and I love it when people love me."
Putin replied: "Your name is so famous for our sport lovers and lovers of box in Russia, and if you are to spend a significant part of your life in Russia doing your business, then I surely will be glad to satisfy your... more »

TLDR for the article: Putin said that if he fulfilled the requirements that mere mortals must go through to get citizenship, then he can get citizenship too. Gerard Depardieu was a case of "extraordinary naturalization." He would be normal naturalization. If he was applying to Japan and not Russia, this would be the answer: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2012/06/do-rich-or-famous-get-to-skip.html

"I want to ask you about maybe having a passport to go back and forth so that I can do business," said Roy Jones Jr.
He added without a hint of irony: "because all the people here seem to love Roy Jones Jr and I love it when people love me."
Putin replied: "Your name is so famous for our sport lovers and lovers of box in Russia, and if you are to spend a significant part of your life in Russia doing your business, then I surely will be glad to satisfy your request about receiving Russian passport and Russian citizenship.
I believe that the lovers of boxing would be very happy about that."___

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2016-01-16 07:57:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

REPOST: my original chosen host moved or removed the content, so I'll reposting this, with the original source: This is a nice U.S. article about naturalized Japanese national Donald Keene (official legal Japanese name: キーン ドナルド). He's a living legend, and prior to becoming legally Japanese, he had received numerous national awards and honorary citizenship for his writings:

REPOST: my original chosen host moved or removed the content, so I'll reposting this, with the original source: This is a nice U.S. article about naturalized Japanese national Donald Keene (official legal Japanese name: キーン ドナルド). He's a living legend, and prior to becoming legally Japanese, he had received numerous national awards and honorary citizenship for his writings:___

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2016-01-15 15:59:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

We've seen a lot of references to this article recently, so we've updated it with more information: "Why aren't Koreans/Chinese born and raised in Japan citizens?"

We've seen a lot of references to this article recently, so we've updated it with more information: "Why aren't Koreans/Chinese born and raised in Japan citizens?"___

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2016-01-13 07:00:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Humor break. And now for something completely silly: a Tom Monroe "interpretation" of the eighties hit "Turning Japanese" by the Vapors. Trigger warning: the Caucasian women in kimonos might be viewed as microaggression by a few sensitive souls (probably not by anybody who's Japanese in Japan, though). Oh, you silly SCTV. Don't ever change.

Humor break. And now for something completely silly: a Tom Monroe "interpretation" of the eighties hit "Turning Japanese" by the Vapors. Trigger warning: the Caucasian women in kimonos might be viewed as microaggression by a few sensitive souls (probably not by anybody who's Japanese in Japan, though). Oh, you silly SCTV. Don't ever change.___

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2016-01-12 05:23:10 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

BlJ gets referenced in a Snopes article regarding Japan Muslim Myths.

BlJ gets referenced in a Snopes article regarding Japan Muslim Myths.___

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2016-01-12 01:06:54 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Sometimes, people do react to what you write. BBC journalist Barford read our article and corrected (by erasing the incorrect sentence) the article and properly noting it in the article: a rarity in 21st century journalism it seems. Thank you, Ms. Barford!

Sometimes, people do react to what you write. BBC journalist Barford read our article and corrected (by erasing the incorrect sentence) the article and properly noting it in the article: a rarity in 21st century journalism it seems. Thank you, Ms. Barford!___

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2016-01-10 17:16:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

A surprisingly bad error for a scholar of international law (and a top tier journalism organization) to make. Despite that one glaring error made by +vanessa barford 's lack of fact checking, the rest of the article on the vagueness of the meaning of "natural born citizen" in the U.S. and other world constitutions is interesting. FYI, Japan's constitution makes no mention or requirement for people to be "natural born" to be PM.

A surprisingly bad error for a scholar of international law (and a top tier journalism organization) to make. Despite that one glaring error made by +vanessa barford 's lack of fact checking, the rest of the article on the vagueness of the meaning of "natural born citizen" in the U.S. and other world constitutions is interesting. FYI, Japan's constitution makes no mention or requirement for people to be "natural born" to be PM.___

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2015-12-28 03:07:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

According to our web analytics, our article about Japanese seals/hanko/inkan/chops has always been very popular, even though having one is not a requirement or a result of Japanese naturalization, and often times the seal doesn't even need to change when you become Japanese. However, we just updated the article slightly: we talk about "correction seals" (訂正印) as a variant of 認印 (personal acknowledgement seals) and note that the article is talking primarily about personal seals, not corporate seals.

According to our web analytics, our article about Japanese seals/hanko/inkan/chops has always been very popular, even though having one is not a requirement or a result of Japanese naturalization, and often times the seal doesn't even need to change when you become Japanese. However, we just updated the article slightly: we talk about "correction seals" (訂正印) as a variant of 認印 (personal acknowledgement seals) and note that the article is talking primarily about personal seals, not corporate seals.___

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2015-12-25 04:31:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

As Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan, I thought I'd acknowledge that by posting an article today.

As Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan, I thought I'd acknowledge that by posting an article today.___

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2015-12-07 03:20:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

This type of fraud (where you have people forging stamps in the passport to simulate residency in a foreign country even though you aren't there) would be very hard if not impossible to pull off in Japan due to the following reasons: #1: Unlike Canada, Japan has exit stamps. #2. Japan records the entrance of foreigners by linking them to their index finger fingerprints. #3. Japan keeps a database, separate from the stamps in the passport, of your entrances and exits to Japan. In fact, you can request your record from the database in order to fill out the entrance/exit form which is part of the naturalization process. Details here: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2012/07/completing-japan-entrances-and-exits.html

This type of fraud (where you have people forging stamps in the passport to simulate residency in a foreign country even though you aren't there) would be very hard if not impossible to pull off in Japan due to the following reasons: #1: Unlike Canada, Japan has exit stamps. #2. Japan records the entrance of foreigners by linking them to their index finger fingerprints. #3. Japan keeps a database, separate from the stamps in the passport, of your entrances and exits to Japan. In fact, you can request your record from the database in order to fill out the entrance/exit form which is part of the naturalization process. Details here: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2012/07/completing-japan-entrances-and-exits.html___

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2015-11-01 12:24:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

I guess that asking the president or prime minister of a country directly for citizenship is another way to naturalize. That has never happened in Japan though.

Slate: The Aging, Macho, B-List Celebs in Vladimir Putin’s Squad. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwp9WvliY

I guess that asking the president or prime minister of a country directly for citizenship is another way to naturalize. That has never happened in Japan though.

Slate: The Aging, Macho, B-List Celebs in Vladimir Putin’s Squad. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwp9WvliY___

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2015-10-06 08:36:00 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

I feel very lucky to have done the process back when it was still free. Somebody should fight this in court. This is unfair to honest people that want to change their nationality for personal / family reasons. I understand the need for fees. Even expensive fees. But thousands of dollars is larger than the monthly income of many.

I feel very lucky to have done the process back when it was still free. Somebody should fight this in court. This is unfair to honest people that want to change their nationality for personal / family reasons. I understand the need for fees. Even expensive fees. But thousands of dollars is larger than the monthly income of many.___

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2015-09-20 10:43:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Congratulations to the Japan national Rugby team, who despite being massively outranked statistically compared to the South African Springboks, pulled off a miracle win similar to the United States beating the Soviet Union in ice hockey during the Lake Placid Winter Olympics in 1980.
The Japan team has a couple naturalized Japanese citizens on its team (many originating from Tonga). Read more about them here: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2014/02/sports.html

Congratulations to the Japan national Rugby team, who despite being massively outranked statistically compared to the South African Springboks, pulled off a miracle win similar to the United States beating the Soviet Union in ice hockey during the Lake Placid Winter Olympics in 1980.
The Japan team has a couple naturalized Japanese citizens on its team (many originating from Tonga). Read more about them here: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2014/02/sports.html___

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2015-08-05 06:41:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

European Union (EU) laws require us to give EU visitors information about cookies used on our blog. If you access the site from a EU country, you'll see a notice at the top of the blog that you must acknowledge to get rid of. You won't see the notice outside of the EU. 

European Union (EU) laws require us to give EU visitors information about cookies used on our blog. If you access the site from a EU country, you'll see a notice at the top of the blog that you must acknowledge to get rid of. You won't see the notice outside of the EU. ___

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2015-07-19 12:44:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Gives new thought to those who cry inequality yet call their dual-national children "doubles", which implies they are "twice as much" as regular democratic "single" nationals who only have access to one vote and one system of law.

Gives new thought to those who cry inequality yet call their dual-national children "doubles", which implies they are "twice as much" as regular democratic "single" nationals who only have access to one vote and one system of law.___

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2015-07-14 03:54:02 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Japanese nationality is the only true way to guarantee you can stay in Japan permanently. Permanent resident status as a foreigner is not a 100% guarantee.

Japanese nationality is the only true way to guarantee you can stay in Japan permanently. Permanent resident status as a foreigner is not a 100% guarantee.___

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2015-07-12 01:29:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

It's also possible that future legislation or constitutional amendments may take away entitlements, priviledges, or rights that you currently enjoy.

It's also possible that future legislation or constitutional amendments may take away entitlements, priviledges, or rights that you currently enjoy.___

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2015-06-18 08:21:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Osaka City's Sumiyoshi Ward made sure to point out to the world that Rita and Massan first lived there before they moved to Kamakura and then Yoichi, Hokkaido... with their own special exhibit back in the day. Read more here: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2015/06/rita.html

Osaka City's Sumiyoshi Ward made sure to point out to the world that Rita and Massan first lived there before they moved to Kamakura and then Yoichi, Hokkaido... with their own special exhibit back in the day. Read more here: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2015/06/rita.html___

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2015-06-18 05:14:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

A special thank you to Mitchell for the proofreading and corrections of this long post! 

A special thank you to Mitchell for the proofreading and corrections of this long post! ___

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2015-06-17 05:21:54 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Rita Taketsuru (Jessie Cowan) may give Lafcadio Hearn (Yakumo Koizumi) a run for his money in terms of who is the most famous naturalized Japanese westerner during the Meiji Era (although she spans the Taisho to the Showa era), thanks to her connection to one of Japan's favorite pastimes: alcohol.

Rita Taketsuru (Jessie Cowan) may give Lafcadio Hearn (Yakumo Koizumi) a run for his money in terms of who is the most famous naturalized Japanese westerner during the Meiji Era (although she spans the Taisho to the Showa era), thanks to her connection to one of Japan's favorite pastimes: alcohol.___

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2015-06-10 00:33:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

The Southern Kuril Islands were taken by the Soviet Union (similar to how East Germany was taken by the Soviets) at the end of World War II. Japan considers it to have always been Japanese territory, and most countries agree with this position. Both natural born Japanese and naturalized Japanese can set their Registered Domicile (本籍) to one of the four islands, even though Russian occupation prevents Japanese nationals from actually living there. To see more information on other unusual places that naturalized Japanese can choose as their Registered Domicile (without needing to or being able to physically live there), read this post: www.turning-japanese.info/2015/05/honseki.html

The Southern Kuril Islands were taken by the Soviet Union (similar to how East Germany was taken by the Soviets) at the end of World War II. Japan considers it to have always been Japanese territory, and most countries agree with this position. Both natural born Japanese and naturalized Japanese can set their Registered Domicile (本籍) to one of the four islands, even though Russian occupation prevents Japanese nationals from actually living there. To see more information on other unusual places that naturalized Japanese can choose as their Registered Domicile (without needing to or being able to physically live there), read this post: www.turning-japanese.info/2015/05/honseki.html___

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2015-06-04 07:32:16 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Godzilla gets a "special resident registration" for the special city of Shinjuku, Tokyo to tie in with the new TOHO IMAX theater in Kabukicho which incorporates his image in the architecture.

FYI, the practice of giving out gimmick special/honorary resident registrations is not new. Back when foreigners and Japanese had separate registration systems, the practice of giving out even "fake" or "novelty" Japanese resident registrations to animals and fictional characters irked a few sensitive people.

For more info on "special" or "honorary" resident/citizen status in Japan, read the following:

http://www.turning-japanese.info/2014/03/honorary.html

Godzilla gets a "special resident registration" for the special city of Shinjuku, Tokyo to tie in with the new TOHO IMAX theater in Kabukicho which incorporates his image in the architecture.

FYI, the practice of giving out gimmick special/honorary resident registrations is not new. Back when foreigners and Japanese had separate registration systems, the practice of giving out even "fake" or "novelty" Japanese resident registrations to animals and fictional characters irked a few sensitive people.

For more info on "special" or "honorary" resident/citizen status in Japan, read the following:

http://www.turning-japanese.info/2014/03/honorary.html___

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2015-06-03 08:11:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

A special shout out and thank you to the initial work and data collected by "Eric" of the Isaac Brock Society: <http://isaacbrocksociety.ca/>

A special shout out and thank you to the initial work and data collected by "Eric" of the Isaac Brock Society: <http://isaacbrocksociety.ca/>___

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2015-05-27 14:33:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

The information on Registered Domiciles in the latest post on 本籍 has a bit of bonus information on Taiwanese (Republic of China) style 本籍 as well, which were done away with in 1993 in the localization movement.

The information on Registered Domiciles in the latest post on 本籍 has a bit of bonus information on Taiwanese (Republic of China) style 本籍 as well, which were done away with in 1993 in the localization movement.___

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2015-05-27 07:11:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

A question for either naturalized Japanese, those thinking about it, or non-Japanese (for fun): where in Japan would you choose your "roots" or "origin" to be? You don't have to live in the place. Read this to see what places are permissible and what aren't. Let us know in the comments!

A question for either naturalized Japanese, those thinking about it, or non-Japanese (for fun): where in Japan would you choose your "roots" or "origin" to be? You don't have to live in the place. Read this to see what places are permissible and what aren't. Let us know in the comments!___

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2015-05-20 13:36:49 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

The newest version of Firefox (version 38) can finally display Japanese <ruby>, which our site uses extensively, without the need of a special plugin or hack. With that, all latest versions of the major browsers (Internet Explorer, and the WebKit browsers: Chrome, Safari, Opera) can display this "yomigana/furigana" natively!

The newest version of Firefox (version 38) can finally display Japanese <ruby>, which our site uses extensively, without the need of a special plugin or hack. With that, all latest versions of the major browsers (Internet Explorer, and the WebKit browsers: Chrome, Safari, Opera) can display this "yomigana/furigana" natively!___

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2015-05-19 08:34:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Although Chris Hart has just begun the naturalization process, we added his name to the list here anyway (the odds of approval are pretty high for him). We don't know the exact date he'll be approved or the exact name he'll choose. When we know, we'll update this page.

Although Chris Hart has just begun the naturalization process, we added his name to the list here anyway (the odds of approval are pretty high for him). We don't know the exact date he'll be approved or the exact name he'll choose. When we know, we'll update this page.___

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2015-05-19 04:17:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

I have purchased his latest album and will be buying tickets to see him live in Tokyo this autumn. His voice is amazing, so I'm looking forward to seeing him perform live.

I have purchased his latest album and will be buying tickets to see him live in Tokyo this autumn. His voice is amazing, so I'm looking forward to seeing him perform live.___

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2015-05-13 04:50:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

G. I am +井上エイド . I am 45 years old. I have blue eyes and blond hair. I was raised in America, but have lived in Japan over 20 years. I have Japanese nationality and a Japanese passport. I do not have an American passport. I have a Japanese spouse, hāfu Japanese child, and a home and career in Japan. I always speak Japanese unless I am speaking with people who can't understand Japanese.

G. I am +井上エイド . I am 45 years old. I have blue eyes and blond hair. I was raised in America, but have lived in Japan over 20 years. I have Japanese nationality and a Japanese passport. I do not have an American passport. I have a Japanese spouse, hāfu Japanese child, and a home and career in Japan. I always speak Japanese unless I am speaking with people who can't understand Japanese.___

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2015-05-13 02:20:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

If you have ever completed a census form here you would have noticed that the only distinction made is between Japanese and non-Japanese nationality. This means that if you naturalize there will be no official listing of your ethnic background.

If you have ever completed a census form here you would have noticed that the only distinction made is between Japanese and non-Japanese nationality. This means that if you naturalize there will be no official listing of your ethnic background.___

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2015-05-12 07:42:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Well written summary of the ways to get Japanese nationality, including nationality. (And yes, it contains a shout out to our site, although that's not the only reason we're pointing the site out.)

Well written summary of the ways to get Japanese nationality, including nationality. (And yes, it contains a shout out to our site, although that's not the only reason we're pointing the site out.)___

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2015-05-11 09:15:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

An interesting perspective from a American who lived in France a long time and now lives in Osaka on people who do not follow all the procedures for Japanese naturalization (it cites the Becoming legally Japanese blog).

An interesting perspective from a American who lived in France a long time and now lives in Osaka on people who do not follow all the procedures for Japanese naturalization (it cites the Becoming legally Japanese blog).___

2015-05-07 07:13:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Chris Hart, age 30, U.S. citizen, has announced on his blog that he has begun the process for naturalizing to Japanese. Chris is a famous professional singer in Japan, known for his J-Pop, covers, and covers.

He has said that while he doesn't believe changing your nationality makes you Japanese, he wants to feel the same sort of responsibility that Japanese have and contribute to the country of Japan.

Check out his site here: <http://chris-hart.net/> and his blog here: <http://ameblo.jp/chris-hart/>

Chris Hart, age 30, U.S. citizen, has announced on his blog that he has begun the process for naturalizing to Japanese. Chris is a famous professional singer in Japan, known for his J-Pop, covers, and covers.

He has said that while he doesn't believe changing your nationality makes you Japanese, he wants to feel the same sort of responsibility that Japanese have and contribute to the country of Japan.

Check out his site here: <http://chris-hart.net/> and his blog here: <http://ameblo.jp/chris-hart/>___

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2015-05-03 15:36:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

The newest blog post on getting proof of nationality has information about not just the United States, but the United Kingdom as well.

The newest blog post on getting proof of nationality has information about not just the United States, but the United Kingdom as well.___

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2015-05-03 15:32:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Added a new step (getting proof of your current nationalities) after step #15.

Added a new step (getting proof of your current nationalities) after step #15.___

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2015-05-03 15:12:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

The issue of getting proof of one's original nationality was first brought up in the Google Plus community accessed from our page, +Becoming legally Japanese . Thanks to +David Chart for the information on United Kingdom's new procedures regarding Proof of Citizenship for the U.K.

The issue of getting proof of one's original nationality was first brought up in the Google Plus community accessed from our page, +Becoming legally Japanese . Thanks to +David Chart for the information on United Kingdom's new procedures regarding Proof of Citizenship for the U.K.___

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2015-04-25 15:39:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

It may seem obvious, but having a normal, regular job is the best qualification for naturalization (compared to irregular work) outside of the mandatory 5 years of continuous residence and a clean record.

It may seem obvious, but having a normal, regular job is the best qualification for naturalization (compared to irregular work) outside of the mandatory 5 years of continuous residence and a clean record.___

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2015-04-21 13:36:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

This guy ran for office after just 2 months after naturalizing. Running to represent non-Japanese is a risky venture, as voters (which are Japanese nationals, of course) expect their politicians to represent them and what's in their best interests.

This guy ran for office after just 2 months after naturalizing. Running to represent non-Japanese is a risky venture, as voters (which are Japanese nationals, of course) expect their politicians to represent them and what's in their best interests.___

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2015-04-20 09:05:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Japan's passport ranks fourth in the world in terms of "Passport Power". (In case you were wondering, the U.S. and U.K. are first, France, South Korea and Germany are second, Sweden and Italy are third).

One nitpick about this post: not all Japanese passports are red. http://www.turning-japanese.info/2012/07/types-of-japanese-passports.html

Japan's passport ranks fourth in the world in terms of "Passport Power". (In case you were wondering, the U.S. and U.K. are first, France, South Korea and Germany are second, Sweden and Italy are third).

One nitpick about this post: not all Japanese passports are red. http://www.turning-japanese.info/2012/07/types-of-japanese-passports.html___

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2015-04-17 06:52:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Some guys are hard core.

RI Komaki came to Japan 27 years ago as an exchange student, naturalized just two months ago, and is now running for a city councilor seat in Shinjuku, Tokyo. "If elected, I'll be a big blow to China, which has no democracy."

Some guys are hard core.

RI Komaki came to Japan 27 years ago as an exchange student, naturalized just two months ago, and is now running for a city councilor seat in Shinjuku, Tokyo. "If elected, I'll be a big blow to China, which has no democracy."___

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2015-04-16 09:29:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

While the Sōshi-kaimei (創氏改名) policy existed in Imperial Japan, this policy was used for Korea because most Koreans did not have family names at the time.

While the Sōshi-kaimei (創氏改名) policy existed in Imperial Japan, this policy was used for Korea because most Koreans did not have family names at the time.___

2015-04-15 02:29:42 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

The below tweet talks about the interview process for naturalization for South Korea. As part of the test, you must sing one of the first four verses of the ROK national anthem. Fortunately, you do not have to memorize (or sing) the Japanese national anthem to naturalize. If you had to take a test for Japanese nationality, could you pass? Try taking a mock (old) imaginary test here: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2012/12/could-you-pass-japanese-citizenship-test.html

The below tweet talks about the interview process for naturalization for South Korea. As part of the test, you must sing one of the first four verses of the ROK national anthem. Fortunately, you do not have to memorize (or sing) the Japanese national anthem to naturalize. If you had to take a test for Japanese nationality, could you pass? Try taking a mock (old) imaginary test here: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2012/12/could-you-pass-japanese-citizenship-test.html___

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2015-04-09 06:41:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Tweaked the fonts a little bit; Post headlines are now serif based, and hyperlinks to other pages use a variant that stands out for captions. The fonts are Russian and open source, as this page mentions, and you're free to use them.

I may consider using the international font Noto in the future, which allows for good blending with western and Japanese scripts.

Tweaked the fonts a little bit; Post headlines are now serif based, and hyperlinks to other pages use a variant that stands out for captions. The fonts are Russian and open source, as this page mentions, and you're free to use them.

I may consider using the international font Noto in the future, which allows for good blending with western and Japanese scripts.___

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2015-04-08 02:03:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

An interesting writeup by a guest of a favorite blogger of mine (an American who lived in France for many years and now lives in Osaka).

An interesting writeup by a guest of a favorite blogger of mine (an American who lived in France for many years and now lives in Osaka).___

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2015-03-30 03:57:20 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Interesting video from a Canadian who plans on becoming legally Japanese.

A video explaining how to become Japanese, breif history on Japanese immigration and how people came here, who was here before, and where to go to get the information on how to immigrate 帰化したい人はだんだん増えてきていますが、英語での情報あんまりないので、この動画を公開して日本人になりたい人のためになります^^___Interesting video from a Canadian who plans on becoming legally Japanese.

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