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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 16:53:45199303CC G+
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 12:36:44183603CC G+
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 22:55:20169613CC G+


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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

"I have bought a BBQ."

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

+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)

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, 0 +1s)

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)

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)

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.

2013-11-19 13:40:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Looks like we'r
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2013-11-12 15:34:12 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

After seeing the "Constitute Project" tool being demoed by +Fareed Zakaria  on +CNN and reading about it in this week's +The Economist, I decided to take it for a spin and compare the Japanese constitution to other countries. The results were very interesting.

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2013-11-05 13:31:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

I received a email from author/journalist Robert Whiting today. He provided me with research into Nicolas Zappetti's naturalization. He provided me with a copy of the page of the 1981 Japanese Government Official Gazette showing that Zappetti/Koizumi did indeed naturalize.

I corrected the post, and added further commentary on how this date causes a new chronology problem.

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2013-11-04 11:42:18 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

The fact that the bulk of immigration to the United States is due to "family reunion" policies surprised me, especially because if you look at the details for these policies, there is often strict orders of preference and waiting lists and quotas.

2013-10-30 00:46:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

We now have a custom URL:


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2013-10-28 12:54:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

This post originally started off as a "what do you do if you're a naturalized Japanese" and police stop you, assuming you possess a foreigner's Residence Card (as non-Japanese are legally required to carry)? Yes, that is addressed in here.

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2013-10-23 04:27:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

If you have a look at the rooms, you probably notice there's little privacy. I could hear the case workers and applicants in all of the other rooms. I learned a lot from the mistakes others made: "No, a library card is not acceptable identification."

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2013-10-14 01:21:52 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

Brazilians are the most numerous non-Japanese of those countries that can't lose their nationality.

After that, there are slightly less than 2,000 Mexicans living in Japan right now. Amongst the Americas, Canadians, U.S. Americans, Peruvians, and Brazilians far outnumber them.

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2013-10-07 12:44:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

I found this article to be a useful start into researching how many people never follow through and finish their naturalization application to the end.

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2013-10-07 12:34:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

I was reading a Japanese blog entry by the 申請支援センター {shinseishien sentā} (Application Support Center) about the "true" naturalization rates and decided to did further and ask the two other immigration offices I knew about their experiences. This is what I found.

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2013-10-06 01:16:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

I wrote this post because of a viral internet blog post / email that has been spreading around the past few months. To see this post, do a web search for "muslim japan citizenship". Almost all of these posts (being written by Muslims and non-Muslims alike) contain the sentence "The official policy of Japan is not to give citizenship to Muslims who come to Japan."

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2013-10-03 12:02:51 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

This is handy advice if you decide on one name for your Japanese passport then decide you want to change your name or add old (pre-naturalization) names after-the-fact.

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2013-08-28 09:47:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

This is only peripherally related to naturalization (in your options regarding what you do after and if your name changes when you naturalize). It was written in response to a reader question about options for foreign residents with aliases and what happens when an alias becomes a real Japanese name.

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2013-08-28 01:53:41 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

This was a really interesting perspective from the other side of the lake. I hear these arguments all the time from people with permanent residency in Japan.

In the United States, however, the CW is that everybody wants to get citizenship and PR is just a stepping stone.

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2013-08-20 06:25:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

The content masters at JustLanded.com must have typed the name of their website into web search and found the pages about them on the Becoming legally Japanese site. One of them was responsive enough to reach out to us and ask for our feedback. After giving it to them, they changed the content promptly.


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