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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.

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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.

Most plusones: 5

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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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2016-04-17 11:15:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Have a look at this interesting interview with former American citizen Tina Turner, who completed all the steps for naturalization (including learning a bit of German) and talking about life as a Swiss national. While Japan does not have an explicit language requirement, being able to use the language is considered to be essential for the requirement of being able to survive financially in Japan.

Have a look at this interesting interview with former American citizen Tina Turner, who completed all the steps for naturalization (including learning a bit of German) and talking about life as a Swiss national. While Japan does not have an explicit language requirement, being able to use the language is considered to be essential for the requirement of being able to survive financially in Japan.___

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2016-03-11 14:21:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

“Never job backwards. What might have been was a waste of time.” 
― Ian Fleming

“Never job backwards. What might have been was a waste of time.” 
― Ian Fleming___

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2016-03-09 04:26:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

The House of Councillors (the Japan Diet's upper house) serve six year terms. Unlike the House of Representatives (the Japan Diet's lower house), which serve four year terms or until the Prime Minister dissolves it; whichever comes first. In parliamentary systems, the people do not directly elect the Prime Minister; the MPs do. This year, the citizens of Japan will vote for one half of the Councillors. Unlike America, elections are not usually a statistically strong motivator for naturalization. More info here: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2013/08/voting-in-japanese-public-elections.html

The House of Councillors (the Japan Diet's upper house) serve six year terms. Unlike the House of Representatives (the Japan Diet's lower house), which serve four year terms or until the Prime Minister dissolves it; whichever comes first. In parliamentary systems, the people do not directly elect the Prime Minister; the MPs do. This year, the citizens of Japan will vote for one half of the Councillors. Unlike America, elections are not usually a statistically strong motivator for naturalization. More info here: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2013/08/voting-in-japanese-public-elections.html___

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2016-03-05 15:39:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Despite the artificial drop in the rank from fourth to fifth place, there is no real change in the countries that Japanese nationals can travel to, as a short term visitor, without needing a visa.

Despite the artificial drop in the rank from fourth to fifth place, there is no real change in the countries that Japanese nationals can travel to, as a short term visitor, without needing a visa.___

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2016-02-29 14:04:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

I wrote this really quickly just because I wanted to have a post with a leap year day on it; I didn't want my once-in-four-year chance to "expire". ☻

I wrote this really quickly just because I wanted to have a post with a leap year day on it; I didn't want my once-in-four-year chance to "expire". ☻___

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2016-02-26 09:20:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

The average cost to renounce of the 33 non-free countries we sampled was $261. If you exclude the United States it is $196.

The average cost to renounce of the 33 non-free countries we sampled was $261. If you exclude the United States it is $196.___

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2016-02-26 03:35:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Removed Brazil from the list of "countries where it is difficult to renounce"; Brazil embassy web pages make it clear that it costs US$15 and can be done after proving that one has another nationality or is in the process of renouncing. http://saofrancisco.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/brazilian_citizenship.xml#renouncing

Removed Brazil from the list of "countries where it is difficult to renounce"; Brazil embassy web pages make it clear that it costs US$15 and can be done after proving that one has another nationality or is in the process of renouncing. http://saofrancisco.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/brazilian_citizenship.xml#renouncing___

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2016-02-25 05:23:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Some of my biases show through here. However, I have been in the software industry for so long that I have met countless fly-by-night operations and digital grifters. Some of them were smart or good ideas. However, be warned: the Ministry of Justice requires more than just an exciting idea, great presentation, and enthusiasm. They want to see numeric proof of stability.

Some of my biases show through here. However, I have been in the software industry for so long that I have met countless fly-by-night operations and digital grifters. Some of them were smart or good ideas. However, be warned: the Ministry of Justice requires more than just an exciting idea, great presentation, and enthusiasm. They want to see numeric proof of stability.___

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2016-02-23 08:23:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Naturalizing doesn't make somebody nuts or causes them to screw up their lives. Rather, people who are already nuts (or are a little dodgy) tend to be attracted to naturalization

Some say the same could be said, to some extent, for all expats. While in some ways it is tired stereotype, at times it rings true- people who didn't fit in / couldn't hack it at home are attracted to "an international life abroad." Most of the time, these types of people tend to fail in the first few years abroad and return home, and long-term expats (especially those with families) are just as well-adjusted as anyone, back home or in Japan. But sometimes a few nuts slip through. So, within all expats, who are already a bit of a dodgy group as a whole, you have the even dodgier group attracted to naturalizing as the "next step" (for attention, for enhancing their "international"... more »

Naturalizing doesn't make somebody nuts or causes them to screw up their lives. Rather, people who are already nuts (or are a little dodgy) tend to be attracted to naturalization

Some say the same could be said, to some extent, for all expats. While in some ways it is tired stereotype, at times it rings true- people who didn't fit in / couldn't hack it at home are attracted to "an international life abroad." Most of the time, these types of people tend to fail in the first few years abroad and return home, and long-term expats (especially those with families) are just as well-adjusted as anyone, back home or in Japan. But sometimes a few nuts slip through. So, within all expats, who are already a bit of a dodgy group as a whole, you have the even dodgier group attracted to naturalizing as the "next step" (for attention, for enhancing their "international" image).___

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2016-02-20 06:24:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

This post originally started from two separate reddit threads about the mental states of those who naturalize to Japan and young people who are judged to be too enthusiastic about Japan (not necessarily the stereotypical "weeaboo."

This post originally started from two separate reddit threads about the mental states of those who naturalize to Japan and young people who are judged to be too enthusiastic about Japan (not necessarily the stereotypical "weeaboo."___

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2016-02-19 05:35:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Working with a Japanese travel agency while applying to run in the Berlin Marathon this autumn, they informed me that I would have to get a new Japanese passport if I had any name changes listed in the "Amendments and Endorsements" section. This is what led me to discover that the policy of passport name changes has changed.

Working with a Japanese travel agency while applying to run in the Berlin Marathon this autumn, they informed me that I would have to get a new Japanese passport if I had any name changes listed in the "Amendments and Endorsements" section. This is what led me to discover that the policy of passport name changes has changed.___

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2016-02-16 01:53:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

We so many things in law and society changing, sometimes out pages get a little old and need to be updated and changed (for example, the change from ARC to Resident Cards for Foreign Japan Residents). We've now set up a page to help you track the pages we change to keep up with the times.

We so many things in law and society changing, sometimes out pages get a little old and need to be updated and changed (for example, the change from ARC to Resident Cards for Foreign Japan Residents). We've now set up a page to help you track the pages we change to keep up with the times.___

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2016-02-14 02:47:59 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Special ‪#‎Valentine‬'s Day "easter egg" on our (and any ‪#‎Blogger‬ blog that uses Dynamic Views templates): try clicking on anything on the page! (won't work on mobile devices, sorry) http://www.turning-japanese.info/

Special ‪#‎Valentine‬'s Day "easter egg" on our (and any ‪#‎Blogger‬ blog that uses Dynamic Views templates): try clicking on anything on the page! (won't work on mobile devices, sorry) http://www.turning-japanese.info/___

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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).___

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