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Becoming legally Japanese has been shared in 3 public circles

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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: 27

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2014-01-04 12:28:23 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

"I have bought a BBQ."

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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, 2 +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.
The fa... more »

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, 3 +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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2014-02-22 13:32:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Although this is being posted near the end of the  #sochiolympics  , the +Paralympic Games for the #sochi2014  will be starting soon (in 13 days; March 7th to the 16th). Ice Sledge Hockey is one of the many exciting sports to watch, and Japan fields a strong team. Gambare!

Although this is being posted near the end of the  #sochiolympics  , the +Paralympic Games for the #sochi2014  will be starting soon (in 13 days; March 7th to the 16th). Ice Sledge Hockey is one of the many exciting sports to watch, and Japan fields a strong team. Gambare!___

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2014-02-18 11:31:50 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Japan is no exception to this. Japanese have changed nationality to play on other countries' teams and people have changed nationality to represent Japan.

One distinction though: there is no sports fast track for naturalization, and Extraordinary Naturalization has never been used to make somebody Japanese.

Japan is no exception to this. Japanese have changed nationality to play on other countries' teams and people have changed nationality to represent Japan.

One distinction though: there is no sports fast track for naturalization, and Extraordinary Naturalization has never been used to make somebody Japanese.___

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2014-02-16 10:57:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

There is so much written about Hearn/Koizumi, both in English and Japanese, that I couldn't possibly cover it all in one post. In particular, I didn't really cover much of his writings. There are many websites (English and Japanese) and videos and movies and books dedicated to or about him. There are Japanese COMPANIES and PEOPLE who have chosen their names based on Lafcadio's (invented for naturalization!) name. For those who wish to learn more, I encourage them to do a web search under all four (his English and Japanese) names.

There is so much written about Hearn/Koizumi, both in English and Japanese, that I couldn't possibly cover it all in one post. In particular, I didn't really cover much of his writings. There are many websites (English and Japanese) and videos and movies and books dedicated to or about him. There are Japanese COMPANIES and PEOPLE who have chosen their names based on Lafcadio's (invented for naturalization!) name. For those who wish to learn more, I encourage them to do a web search under all four (his English and Japanese) names.___

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2014-02-14 01:48:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A special valentine's day "easter egg" on the site
http://www.turning-japanese.info/ (desktop only, not mobile):
First, load the site.
Then, enter the Konami Code (↑↑↓↓←→←→BA) and press enter.
Finally, click anywhere on the page.
Enjoy the hearts!

A special valentine's day "easter egg" on the site
http://www.turning-japanese.info/ (desktop only, not mobile):
First, load the site.
Then, enter the Konami Code (↑↑↓↓←→←→BA) and press enter.
Finally, click anywhere on the page.
Enjoy the hearts!___

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2014-02-08 15:23:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I got the advice for the structure of the motivation essay from both a immigration lawyer and from a book on naturalization I reviewed early on the blog called 帰化申請マニュアル (Kika shinsei manyuaru).

I got the advice for the structure of the motivation essay from both a immigration lawyer and from a book on naturalization I reviewed early on the blog called 帰化申請マニュアル (Kika shinsei manyuaru).___

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2014-02-04 05:24:18 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

One of the many candidates you can vote for (or vote against, depending on your point of view) if you have Japanese nationality and live in Tokyo.

One of the many candidates you can vote for (or vote against, depending on your point of view) if you have Japanese nationality and live in Tokyo.___

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2014-02-02 06:24:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I voted today. It was my first time to vote early. The experience was exactly like regular voting. Like regular voting, they did not ask for ID. I had my voting ticket, and that was all I needed. I threw in a few references in this post to Dr. NakaMats to please +Hiko Saemon .

I voted today. It was my first time to vote early. The experience was exactly like regular voting. Like regular voting, they did not ask for ID. I had my voting ticket, and that was all I needed. I threw in a few references in this post to Dr. NakaMats to please +Hiko Saemon .___

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2014-01-29 09:45:40 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Out site normally uses the "magazine" dynamic view theme from Blogger. Every once in a while, images get arranged in amusing ways.

Out site normally uses the "magazine" dynamic view theme from Blogger. Every once in a while, images get arranged in amusing ways.___

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2014-01-26 05:58:37 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I have also noticed that ring wing pundits who are most likely to call for Japan to invoke an open immigration/border policy are supply-side theory people who ignore physical resource and growth limitations and dogmatically prescribe to the virtuous circle of consumers creating jobs which create consumers. They tend to be anti-regulation and aligned with corporations that think the same way. Left wing people often align with the right wing when it comes to immigration on the basis of humans having the unrestricted and unlimited freedom to immigrate anywhere. Strange bedfellows indeed.

I have also noticed that ring wing pundits who are most likely to call for Japan to invoke an open immigration/border policy are supply-side theory people who ignore physical resource and growth limitations and dogmatically prescribe to the virtuous circle of consumers creating jobs which create consumers. They tend to be anti-regulation and aligned with corporations that think the same way. Left wing people often align with the right wing when it comes to immigration on the basis of humans having the unrestricted and unlimited freedom to immigrate anywhere. Strange bedfellows indeed.___

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2014-01-21 13:01:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

If anybody can find a image of a U.S. Passport or a state driver's license that says "NFN" or "NLN" in the first or last name field, I'd love to see it.

If anybody can find a image of a U.S. Passport or a state driver's license that says "NFN" or "NLN" in the first or last name field, I'd love to see it.___

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2014-01-18 09:12:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

There is at least one area that foreign and naturalized residents can benefit from regarding health. Japan has the lowest infant mortality rate in the world. If a foreign woman goes entirely through the Japanese health care system from pregnancy to birth, she and her child do benefit from this statistic and the Japanese health care system.

There is at least one area that foreign and naturalized residents can benefit from regarding health. Japan has the lowest infant mortality rate in the world. If a foreign woman goes entirely through the Japanese health care system from pregnancy to birth, she and her child do benefit from this statistic and the Japanese health care system.___

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2014-01-14 08:27:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Mandatory fingerprinting (for security) is an interesting thing. It started with a stigma as being something associated only with criminal justice, it became mandatory for non-citizens in many countries after the terrorist attacks at the start of the 21st century. Now it seems to be accepted by the mainstream is a more powerful form of personal protection/authentication compared to passwords and PINs and signatures.

Mandatory fingerprinting (for security) is an interesting thing. It started with a stigma as being something associated only with criminal justice, it became mandatory for non-citizens in many countries after the terrorist attacks at the start of the 21st century. Now it seems to be accepted by the mainstream is a more powerful form of personal protection/authentication compared to passwords and PINs and signatures.___

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2014-01-09 14:19:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

If anybody out there has a copy of the video that accompanies this pamphlet, it'd be very grateful if you could show me where it is or provide me with a copy!

If anybody out there has a copy of the video that accompanies this pamphlet, it'd be very grateful if you could show me where it is or provide me with a copy!___

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2014-01-04 12:28:23 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

"I have bought a BBQ."

"I have bought a BBQ."___

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2014-01-03 06:16:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

An interesting comparison of renunciation rates for Japan, the United States, South Korea, Taiwan, and other countries.

An interesting comparison of renunciation rates for Japan, the United States, South Korea, Taiwan, and other countries.___

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2014-01-02 09:58:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I had a lot of fun writing the post after reading various websites and purchasing and reading the biographies of him in Japanese in English. As an engineer in Japan who naturalized, I find the story of a fellow engineer doing the same fascinating. Thanks to +Roy Berman for his original article on Mutantfrog Travelogue and his translation!

I had a lot of fun writing the post after reading various websites and purchasing and reading the biographies of him in Japanese in English. As an engineer in Japan who naturalized, I find the story of a fellow engineer doing the same fascinating. Thanks to +Roy Berman for his original article on Mutantfrog Travelogue and his translation!___

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2013-12-23 01:44:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Been reading about Meiji era and early Shōwa era famous foreigners who have naturalized these days. Especially the rules regarding jus matrimoni (nationality through marriage) and the history of the family register. I slightly updated this entry and this famous WW2 era Russian, who brought western dance/ballet to Japan, to reflect this.

Been reading about Meiji era and early Shōwa era famous foreigners who have naturalized these days. Especially the rules regarding jus matrimoni (nationality through marriage) and the history of the family register. I slightly updated this entry and this famous WW2 era Russian, who brought western dance/ballet to Japan, to reflect this.___

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2013-12-21 11:55:00 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Yes, Japanese people do treat you differently in subtle ways once they find out you're naturalized... none of it negative.

Although I'm a sample size of one, there's not many people out there like me, and I can safely say I've met hundreds of native Japanese, in formal and very informal and unplanned situations, since naturalizing. All of them responded positively, and compared to my experiences with meeting thousands (according to my business card collection) of Japanese prior to naturalizing, they do treat you with slightly more respect and admiration. But that's my personal experience. ESID.

Yes, Japanese people do treat you differently in subtle ways once they find out you're naturalized... none of it negative.

Although I'm a sample size of one, there's not many people out there like me, and I can safely say I've met hundreds of native Japanese, in formal and very informal and unplanned situations, since naturalizing. All of them responded positively, and compared to my experiences with meeting thousands (according to my business card collection) of Japanese prior to naturalizing, they do treat you with slightly more respect and admiration. But that's my personal experience. ESID.___

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2013-12-17 17:33:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I first wrote this article in 2009 on an old blog that is now defunct. I noticed a lot of blogs still (attempting) to link to it, and the advice is good for those attempting or wanting to naturalize, so I'm putting it on the site.

While perfect Japanese ability is not a strict requirement for naturalizing (for most people they do want to see a 3rd grade level), knowing advanced Japanese is very, very, very, very helpful for life in Japan.

I first wrote this article in 2009 on an old blog that is now defunct. I noticed a lot of blogs still (attempting) to link to it, and the advice is good for those attempting or wanting to naturalize, so I'm putting it on the site.

While perfect Japanese ability is not a strict requirement for naturalizing (for most people they do want to see a 3rd grade level), knowing advanced Japanese is very, very, very, very helpful for life in Japan.___

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2013-12-07 08:25:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

An old video to accompany the latest blog post "Can lending companies legally discriminate against non-Japanese?" <http://goo.gl/KVwQFR> This is from Asahi TV's "News Station" and was recorded on October 12, 1999.

An old video to accompany the latest blog post "Can lending companies legally discriminate against non-Japanese?" <http://goo.gl/KVwQFR> This is from Asahi TV's "News Station" and was recorded on October 12, 1999.___

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2013-12-07 06:38:39 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

There was an old article from The Korea Herald (which detained different payment plans based on what "type" of foreigner you were or were a naturalized or natural born Korean citizen) that gave me a lot of references to use for this article.

There was an old article from The Korea Herald (which detained different payment plans based on what "type" of foreigner you were or were a naturalized or natural born Korean citizen) that gave me a lot of references to use for this article.___

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2013-12-05 13:29:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

+Jeremy Whipple talks about what it's like traveling with two passports between Japan and your former country while in "limbo": the period for Americans who naturalize between when they obtain their Japanese citizenship and lose their American citizenship.

+Jeremy Whipple talks about what it's like traveling with two passports between Japan and your former country while in "limbo": the period for Americans who naturalize between when they obtain their Japanese citizenship and lose their American citizenship.___

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2013-12-01 14:45:28 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A special thanks to Dr. Scalise and Dr. Honjo for letting me not only reprint their interesting article, but to edit and update it with new data!

A special thanks to Dr. Scalise and Dr. Honjo for letting me not only reprint their interesting article, but to edit and update it with new data!___

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2013-11-30 08:55:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Sports families really interest me. In addition to soccer, they are also common in ice hockey. I watched with great interest as the Staal brothers (Eric, Jordan, Marc, and Jared) of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada grew up and were eventually all signed to pro contracts in the #NHL  (National Hockey League). That traditional is true in the #jleague  as well.

Sports families really interest me. In addition to soccer, they are also common in ice hockey. I watched with great interest as the Staal brothers (Eric, Jordan, Marc, and Jared) of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada grew up and were eventually all signed to pro contracts in the #NHL  (National Hockey League). That traditional is true in the #jleague  as well.___

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2013-11-25 12:36:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

There is a mistake in this article. It implies that the politician Renho is naturalized. She is not. Although she was born Taiwanese, she retroactively became legally Japanese when Japan's nationality law changed in 1985 to recognize that Japanese nationality could be passed to her from her Japanese mother, not needing her Taiwanese father to be a Japanese national.

There is a mistake in this article. It implies that the politician Renho is naturalized. She is not. Although she was born Taiwanese, she retroactively became legally Japanese when Japan's nationality law changed in 1985 to recognize that Japanese nationality could be passed to her from her Japanese mother, not needing her Taiwanese father to be a Japanese national.___

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2013-11-25 06:38:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Been re-doing a lot of the layout and page graphics and text and updating obsolete stuff on the website for the past week and a half. iOS users should even notice prettier Apple "touch" icons for their Web Clip bookmarks.

Been re-doing a lot of the layout and page graphics and text and updating obsolete stuff on the website for the past week and a half. iOS users should even notice prettier Apple "touch" icons for their Web Clip bookmarks.___

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