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2016-08-26 01:57:30 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

It rather stunned me how wrong this article, written in 2016, was. Obviously the writer wrote this based on what they read on the internet at the turn of the century and didn't bother confirming their facts with primary sources.

Most reshares: 1

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2016-07-08 05:59:34 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

If you are a native English speaker who happens to live here in Japan, I'd be very grateful for your participation in my survey. It's pretty short and most folks can complete it in under 5 minutes. The survey is completely anonymous and you can skip any questions you don't like.

Most plusones: 5

2016-11-09 04:53:30 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

According to Google's real-time analytics, our site Becoming legally Japanese is getting a lot of traffic right now from America as the U.S. Election results come in.

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2017-02-13 08:37:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Japan does have simplified naturalization procedures for those who have a immediate family (not third generation) connection to a Japanese national (regardless of their race or ethnicity). Japan also has long-term residency/work visas for those with second or third generation connections (ex. Japanese-Brazilians).

Japan does have simplified naturalization procedures for those who have a immediate family (not third generation) connection to a Japanese national (regardless of their race or ethnicity). Japan also has long-term residency/work visas for those with second or third generation connections (ex. Japanese-Brazilians).___

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2017-02-02 08:34:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

In Japan, you cannot buy citizenship with investments or money. Additionally, you need to reside in Japan for at least 150 days a year (100 of them being contiguous) for at least five years to qualify. While Japan as well has a clause in its naturalization laws that allow for exceptions for extraordinary people (called, appropriately, "extraordinary naturalization") that requires both the upper and lower house of Japan's parliament, the Diet, to approve by majority, not once has this exception ever been applied.

In Japan, you cannot buy citizenship with investments or money. Additionally, you need to reside in Japan for at least 150 days a year (100 of them being contiguous) for at least five years to qualify. While Japan as well has a clause in its naturalization laws that allow for exceptions for extraordinary people (called, appropriately, "extraordinary naturalization") that requires both the upper and lower house of Japan's parliament, the Diet, to approve by majority, not once has this exception ever been applied.___

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2017-01-13 09:33:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Being too annoying ("failing to adapt to local customs and traditions") is not a disqualifying trait for getting Japanese nationality or a passport. It should be, though. 😎

Being too annoying ("failing to adapt to local customs and traditions") is not a disqualifying trait for getting Japanese nationality or a passport. It should be, though. 😎___

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2017-01-06 08:43:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

If you allow anybody to have your nationality for money and allow people to collect nationalities "like credit cards" (actually words used by the proponent in this article), then the number one customer for your nationality will be, as St. Kitts and Dominica illustrate, will be criminals.

Becoming legally Japanese wrote about this here: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2013/04/is-it-possible-to-just-buy-citizenship.html

If you allow anybody to have your nationality for money and allow people to collect nationalities "like credit cards" (actually words used by the proponent in this article), then the number one customer for your nationality will be, as St. Kitts and Dominica illustrate, will be criminals.

Becoming legally Japanese wrote about this here: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2013/04/is-it-possible-to-just-buy-citizenship.html___

2017-01-06 04:49:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

I'd like to welcome our newest contributor, Reina Suzuki, who came from Chile, to our site!

I'd like to welcome our newest contributor, Reina Suzuki, who came from Chile, to our site!___

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2016-11-30 01:04:16 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Fun fact: in Japan, it is legal to burn or deface the Japanese flag (as per the Japanese constitution allowing freedom of expression and protest), but it is NOT legal to do the same to OTHER countries' flags. Either way, though, neither action can cause a loss of citizenship.

Fun fact: in Japan, it is legal to burn or deface the Japanese flag (as per the Japanese constitution allowing freedom of expression and protest), but it is NOT legal to do the same to OTHER countries' flags. Either way, though, neither action can cause a loss of citizenship.___

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2016-11-29 00:21:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

You CAN have citizenship given to you taken away from you if you don't do the all the procedures properly. 

You CAN have citizenship given to you taken away from you if you don't do the all the procedures properly. ___

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2016-11-09 09:19:54 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Japanese comedian & TV personality Patrick Harlan (aka Pakkun) says he might become legally Japanese if Trump wins.

Japanese comedian & TV personality Patrick Harlan (aka Pakkun) says he might become legally Japanese if Trump wins.___

2016-11-09 04:53:30 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

According to Google's real-time analytics, our site Becoming legally Japanese is getting a lot of traffic right now from America as the U.S. Election results come in.

According to Google's real-time analytics, our site Becoming legally Japanese is getting a lot of traffic right now from America as the U.S. Election results come in.___

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2016-11-04 08:34:59 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

A married British man talks about his experiences naturalizing, in particular being interviewed with his spouse.

A married British man talks about his experiences naturalizing, in particular being interviewed with his spouse.___

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2016-10-24 15:19:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

To research this article, I read three books, listened to four albums, and cross-referenced to about 20 different YouTube videos and (Google Play) recordings of Japanese musicians and artists. While I got a much greater appreciation for swing jazz, standards, and blues, I accidentally discovered I really enjoy listening to Japanese traditional "enka" soul music!

To research this article, I read three books, listened to four albums, and cross-referenced to about 20 different YouTube videos and (Google Play) recordings of Japanese musicians and artists. While I got a much greater appreciation for swing jazz, standards, and blues, I accidentally discovered I really enjoy listening to Japanese traditional "enka" soul music!___

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2016-10-18 05:26:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

In July of this year, the Japan Times ran an article ("Japan’s discriminatory koseki registry system looks ever more outdated") with a misleading photo caption that implied that animal robots could get Japanese family registries (koseki / 戸籍) but foreigners can not. However, the "special" koseki that Nanto, Toyama prefecture granted was merely a "novelty" certificate -- similar to how you can get novelty certificates in England saying you've become a knight or a dame. Much like passports, it is true the koseki serves as proof of (Japanese) nationality and thus non-Japanese can't have them. There are many other forms of honorary citizenship in Japan (none of them have any legal meaning though). Donald Keene, who naturalized to Japanese, is both a legal Japanese citizen and an honorary Japanese citizen.http:... more »

In July of this year, the Japan Times ran an article ("Japan’s discriminatory koseki registry system looks ever more outdated") with a misleading photo caption that implied that animal robots could get Japanese family registries (koseki / 戸籍) but foreigners can not. However, the "special" koseki that Nanto, Toyama prefecture granted was merely a "novelty" certificate -- similar to how you can get novelty certificates in England saying you've become a knight or a dame. Much like passports, it is true the koseki serves as proof of (Japanese) nationality and thus non-Japanese can't have them. There are many other forms of honorary citizenship in Japan (none of them have any legal meaning though). Donald Keene, who naturalized to Japanese, is both a legal Japanese citizen and an honorary Japanese citizen. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2016/07/10/issues/japans-discriminatory-koseki-registry-system-looks-ever-outdated/___

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2016-10-17 03:54:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Nice introductory article from one of our newest contributors.

Nice introductory article from one of our newest contributors.___

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2016-10-09 03:26:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Reading about marriage and naturalization laws at the library (due to a Mainichi article in Japanese I read about central America and its countries' nationality laws), I was surprised to discover Guatemala's provisions regarding marriage and naturalization.

Reading about marriage and naturalization laws at the library (due to a Mainichi article in Japanese I read about central America and its countries' nationality laws), I was surprised to discover Guatemala's provisions regarding marriage and naturalization.___

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2016-10-06 04:35:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

I suspect that the investigation into politicians (who often come from well-to-do backgrounds of jet setting expat elite parents, increasing the chance they have an additional jus soli nationality) will extend to local politicians as well, not just those in the highest ranks.

I suspect that the investigation into politicians (who often come from well-to-do backgrounds of jet setting expat elite parents, increasing the chance they have an additional jus soli nationality) will extend to local politicians as well, not just those in the highest ranks.___

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2016-10-05 15:55:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Kimi Onada is the latest lawmaker (this time from the Liberal Democratic Party, representing Okayama) to be caught connected to two different countries' laws: Japan and America. While she did half of the Declaration of Choice before the age of 22, she did not complete the second part of her declaration, which was to relinquish her U.S. citizenship. She has publicly vowed to do so in this post. For more information on The Declaration of Choice of Nationality for Japan, see this post: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2016/09/choice.html

Kimi Onada is the latest lawmaker (this time from the Liberal Democratic Party, representing Okayama) to be caught connected to two different countries' laws: Japan and America. While she did half of the Declaration of Choice before the age of 22, she did not complete the second part of her declaration, which was to relinquish her U.S. citizenship. She has publicly vowed to do so in this post. For more information on The Declaration of Choice of Nationality for Japan, see this post: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2016/09/choice.html___

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2016-09-26 05:01:20 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Discovery of accidental dual nationality has been in the news recently. There are many who are born overseas and also some who naturalize which will be faced with choosing between Japanese nationality or their foreign nationalities.

Discovery of accidental dual nationality has been in the news recently. There are many who are born overseas and also some who naturalize which will be faced with choosing between Japanese nationality or their foreign nationalities.___

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2016-09-20 02:01:16 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

One thing not mentioned directly in this article: handwriting is extremely important for foreign language (especially Japanese) learning... by connecting the parts of your brain associated with motor/hand movement with sight and hearing and speaking at the same time, vocabulary retention is much stronger. For more tips on learning Japanese for use as an immigrant rather than as a tourist, for a hobby, or for business, read the following: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2013/12/10-good-ja-language-habits.html

One thing not mentioned directly in this article: handwriting is extremely important for foreign language (especially Japanese) learning... by connecting the parts of your brain associated with motor/hand movement with sight and hearing and speaking at the same time, vocabulary retention is much stronger. For more tips on learning Japanese for use as an immigrant rather than as a tourist, for a hobby, or for business, read the following: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2013/12/10-good-ja-language-habits.html___

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2016-09-15 09:06:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Lots of updates to posts and pages today:

Lots of updates to posts and pages today:___

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2016-09-15 04:45:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

The politician Renho for Japan's Democratic Party has been making the news recently because it was discovered that while she was a lawmaker, she was legally connected to two different countries' laws and their sometimes conflicting responsibilities. She says she did not know she still possessed ROC nationality after she acquired Japanese nationality. Interestingly, although she acquired Japanese nationality after birth, she is not technically "naturalized".

The politician Renho for Japan's Democratic Party has been making the news recently because it was discovered that while she was a lawmaker, she was legally connected to two different countries' laws and their sometimes conflicting responsibilities. She says she did not know she still possessed ROC nationality after she acquired Japanese nationality. Interestingly, although she acquired Japanese nationality after birth, she is not technically "naturalized".___

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2016-09-12 12:33:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

I personally was a little disappointed that for such a big and important event in my life, there was no fancy pomp and circumstance when I officially became legally Japanese. I think formal attire should be encouraged, the official flag and anthem should be displayed and played, and perhaps an important official (or even a member of the royal family, which is part of the Japan's constitution) give a small speech.

I personally was a little disappointed that for such a big and important event in my life, there was no fancy pomp and circumstance when I officially became legally Japanese. I think formal attire should be encouraged, the official flag and anthem should be displayed and played, and perhaps an important official (or even a member of the royal family, which is part of the Japan's constitution) give a small speech.___

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2016-09-06 03:27:57 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I converted a PDF table on the Ministry of Justice's website into a Google Spreadsheet and graph.

I converted a PDF table on the Ministry of Justice's website into a Google Spreadsheet and graph.___

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2016-09-04 15:26:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Japan's nationality is ranked 30th on this Quality of Nationality Index (QNI). Higher than Canada and New Zealand.

Japan's nationality is ranked 30th on this Quality of Nationality Index (QNI). Higher than Canada and New Zealand.___

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2016-09-04 15:25:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Sorry, Mo Farah, titles (such as "sir" for knighthood) are not printed on passports.

Sorry, Mo Farah, titles (such as "sir" for knighthood) are not printed on passports.___

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2016-09-04 15:25:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Bill would lower Japan's age that dual nationals must choose a single nationality from 22 to 20 |

Bill would lower Japan's age that dual nationals must choose a single nationality from 22 to 20 |___

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2016-09-04 15:24:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

In Japan citizenship for adopted minors is not automatic; they must apply for (simplified naturalization).

In Japan citizenship for adopted minors is not automatic; they must apply for (simplified naturalization).___

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2016-08-30 07:39:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

A new member of our site, who is no stranger to media as you can find his byline and name in various newspapers and online publications as well as appearing on television, has contributed a very interesting post on being disabled and naturalizing to Japanese -- on his very first day of being legally Japanese!

A new member of our site, who is no stranger to media as you can find his byline and name in various newspapers and online publications as well as appearing on television, has contributed a very interesting post on being disabled and naturalizing to Japanese -- on his very first day of being legally Japanese!___

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2016-08-26 01:57:30 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

It rather stunned me how wrong this article, written in 2016, was. Obviously the writer wrote this based on what they read on the internet at the turn of the century and didn't bother confirming their facts with primary sources.

It rather stunned me how wrong this article, written in 2016, was. Obviously the writer wrote this based on what they read on the internet at the turn of the century and didn't bother confirming their facts with primary sources.___

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2016-08-16 02:50:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Interesting article about a naturalized citizen, Matthew Hirakawa, evolving from JET (which I did 25 years ago) making a career as a professional English teacher in Kyoto.

Interesting article about a naturalized citizen, Matthew Hirakawa, evolving from JET (which I did 25 years ago) making a career as a professional English teacher in Kyoto.___

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2016-07-08 05:59:34 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

If you are a native English speaker who happens to live here in Japan, I'd be very grateful for your participation in my survey. It's pretty short and most folks can complete it in under 5 minutes. The survey is completely anonymous and you can skip any questions you don't like.

If you are a native English speaker who happens to live here in Japan, I'd be very grateful for your participation in my survey. It's pretty short and most folks can complete it in under 5 minutes. The survey is completely anonymous and you can skip any questions you don't like.___

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2016-06-07 06:09:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Naturalized Japanese national C.W. Nichols in the news with the Emperor and Empress. Nichols, in addition to writing occasionally for the Japan Times as this article mentions, has authored many books (in Japanese), often poetry, and was a fixture in 1980's television. So much so that he's probably the first naturalized Japanese person that many people of that generation became aware of. 

Naturalized Japanese national C.W. Nichols in the news with the Emperor and Empress. Nichols, in addition to writing occasionally for the Japan Times as this article mentions, has authored many books (in Japanese), often poetry, and was a fixture in 1980's television. So much so that he's probably the first naturalized Japanese person that many people of that generation became aware of. ___

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2016-06-05 01:01:11 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Doesn't work that way in Japan either.

Doesn't work that way in Japan either.___

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2016-05-31 02:43:53 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

I've recently been reading a lot about some people's immigration strategies, and am often shocked at how little they feel they need to assimilate and learn the language. I respectfully disagree.

I've recently been reading a lot about some people's immigration strategies, and am often shocked at how little they feel they need to assimilate and learn the language. I respectfully disagree.___

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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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