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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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2017-04-12 18:35:21 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

The site Tofugu has a nice article about retiring in Japan which mentions our site with respect to the decision to naturalize. 

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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2017-05-26 06:42:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

If you can spot the non-black or grey dots on this map without clicking on it and expanding the size of the map, you have better eyes than me.

If you can spot the non-black or grey dots on this map without clicking on it and expanding the size of the map, you have better eyes than me.___

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2017-05-23 07:31:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Kimi ONODA is a Japanese politician (councilperson) representing the LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) who originally possessed both U.S. and Japanese nationality. After it was discovered that Renho, the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, failed to properly renounce her Republic of China nationality, it was discovered that ONODA had failed to do this as well upon becoming an adult. Today, on her Facebook page, ONODA showed proof that she had indeed officially lost her U.S. nationality, and is thus a lawmaker only connected to one government and one government's law (which is what nationality is): Japan. This will put political pressure on Renho regarding why she chooses to remain legally connected to another countries' laws, and the responsibilities and loyalties that a foreign country may ask of her. We wrote about Onoda here: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2016/10/onoda.html

Kimi ONODA is a Japanese politician (councilperson) representing the LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) who originally possessed both U.S. and Japanese nationality. After it was discovered that Renho, the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, failed to properly renounce her Republic of China nationality, it was discovered that ONODA had failed to do this as well upon becoming an adult. Today, on her Facebook page, ONODA showed proof that she had indeed officially lost her U.S. nationality, and is thus a lawmaker only connected to one government and one government's law (which is what nationality is): Japan. This will put political pressure on Renho regarding why she chooses to remain legally connected to another countries' laws, and the responsibilities and loyalties that a foreign country may ask of her. We wrote about Onoda here: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2016/10/onoda.html___

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2017-05-09 18:52:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

According to digg, my name is Nick Zappetti, the Italian-American criminal that came to Japan after World War 2. If you want to read about the REAL Zappetti, read this: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2012/11/tokyo-underworld-naturalization-story.html

According to digg, my name is Nick Zappetti, the Italian-American criminal that came to Japan after World War 2. If you want to read about the REAL Zappetti, read this: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2012/11/tokyo-underworld-naturalization-story.html___

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2017-05-07 02:38:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

A post embedding the two great videos about Becoming Japanese done by professional videographer Greg Lam.

A post embedding the two great videos about Becoming Japanese done by professional videographer Greg Lam.___

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2017-05-07 00:35:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Thanks to professional videography and editing, +Greg Lam , who runs the video channel "Life Where I'm From", made a boring person and topic much less boring. This is the ten minute abridged version of an hour long video.

Thanks to professional videography and editing, +Greg Lam , who runs the video channel "Life Where I'm From", made a boring person and topic much less boring. This is the ten minute abridged version of an hour long video.___

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2017-04-27 02:56:54 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

The U.S. government has actually revoked U.S. citizenship in the current late 20th/early 21st century for lying in one's naturalization application. These cases always involve convicted drug dealers / criminals who lied about their criminal history. All governments have provisions to revoke one's acquired nationality, even after given, if they discover after-the-fact that you (intentionally) lied during the application. One thing this article does not mention, though, is that this risk only applies to those with more than one nationality. They cannot revoke your nationality if it's the only nationality you have due to U.N. treaties most countries have ratified to reduce the amount of statelessness in the world. Thus, those who naturalize to Japan and legally renounce their other nationalities are immune from de-naturalization. The government can still prosecute (and fine/imprison) you for lying... more »

The U.S. government has actually revoked U.S. citizenship in the current late 20th/early 21st century for lying in one's naturalization application. These cases always involve convicted drug dealers / criminals who lied about their criminal history. All governments have provisions to revoke one's acquired nationality, even after given, if they discover after-the-fact that you (intentionally) lied during the application. One thing this article does not mention, though, is that this risk only applies to those with more than one nationality. They cannot revoke your nationality if it's the only nationality you have due to U.N. treaties most countries have ratified to reduce the amount of statelessness in the world. Thus, those who naturalize to Japan and legally renounce their other nationalities are immune from de-naturalization. The government can still prosecute (and fine/imprison) you for lying to the government, though.___

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2017-04-24 01:50:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

If you're never discovered it by accident, try typing a non-existent link on Becoming legally Japanese, such as www.turning-japanese.info/blahblahblah

If you're never discovered it by accident, try typing a non-existent link on Becoming legally Japanese, such as www.turning-japanese.info/blahblahblah___

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2017-04-21 05:37:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Australia is tightening up its naturalization laws. Japan, so far, has not changed its policies (although some have called for making it stricter in the past, it hasn't changed much since 1985).

Australia is tightening up its naturalization laws. Japan, so far, has not changed its policies (although some have called for making it stricter in the past, it hasn't changed much since 1985).___

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2017-04-12 18:35:21 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

The site Tofugu has a nice article about retiring in Japan which mentions our site with respect to the decision to naturalize. 

The site Tofugu has a nice article about retiring in Japan which mentions our site with respect to the decision to naturalize. ___

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2017-04-12 05:17:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

It's been published in many newspapers in Japan already, but this is a followup post to our post from years ago about J-Pop soul singer Chris Hart's journey towards becoming Japanese.

It's been published in many newspapers in Japan already, but this is a followup post to our post from years ago about J-Pop soul singer Chris Hart's journey towards becoming Japanese.___

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2017-04-07 02:34:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Chris Hart, a famous J-Pop soul singer from America, has become legally Japanese, according to this Asahi article. We first wrote about Chris Hart and naturalizing when he announced his intentions on his official blog, back in 2015: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2015/05/chris-hart.html

Chris Hart, a famous J-Pop soul singer from America, has become legally Japanese, according to this Asahi article. We first wrote about Chris Hart and naturalizing when he announced his intentions on his official blog, back in 2015: http://www.turning-japanese.info/2015/05/chris-hart.html___

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2017-03-29 06:49:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

We've written before about having non-Japanese names of naturalized people on Japanese passports, but a long time contributor to our site has written about getting non-Japanese names (not in parentheses) for natural born Japanese children (of naturalized parents). TLDR: it's possible. Details in the post. 

We've written before about having non-Japanese names of naturalized people on Japanese passports, but a long time contributor to our site has written about getting non-Japanese names (not in parentheses) for natural born Japanese children (of naturalized parents). TLDR: it's possible. Details in the post. ___

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2017-03-25 10:38:20 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Way back when (including Japan), marriage meant not just a woman abandoning her family name for the man's family name, it also meant abandoning her nationality for the man's nationality.

Way back when (including Japan), marriage meant not just a woman abandoning her family name for the man's family name, it also meant abandoning her nationality for the man's nationality.___

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2017-03-24 05:08:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Very interesting, in that they are appearing to be desperate for high tech immigrants. But those from HK, Macao, or the PRC... the biggest potential source of immigrants, don't qualify because of the One China snafu. Taiwanese that get into trouble overseas also need to be careful about getting extradited to the PRC instead of the ROC, and nobody is sure if Taiwan will declare independence from the mainland.

Very interesting, in that they are appearing to be desperate for high tech immigrants. But those from HK, Macao, or the PRC... the biggest potential source of immigrants, don't qualify because of the One China snafu. Taiwanese that get into trouble overseas also need to be careful about getting extradited to the PRC instead of the ROC, and nobody is sure if Taiwan will declare independence from the mainland.___

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2017-03-17 06:24:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Nice article in French about things you may not know about Japanese naturalization, from a French perspective:

Nice article in French about things you may not know about Japanese naturalization, from a French perspective:___

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2017-03-16 16:47:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Contrary to popular belief, marrying a Japanese person doesn't make it automatic or any easier to become legally Japanese (at least not since the mid 20th century), although some requirements are relaxed if you've had a Japanese spouse for more than a few years. There are actually still some countries in the world where marriage is a fast track to citizenship. Foreign women marrying men with Guatemalan nationality is one example. 

Contrary to popular belief, marrying a Japanese person doesn't make it automatic or any easier to become legally Japanese (at least not since the mid 20th century), although some requirements are relaxed if you've had a Japanese spouse for more than a few years. There are actually still some countries in the world where marriage is a fast track to citizenship. Foreign women marrying men with Guatemalan nationality is one example. ___

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2017-03-14 01:10:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

In Japan, March 14th is 1) White Day, when men reciprocate Valentine gifts, 2) International Marriage Day, and 3) our (29th) Wedding Anniversary! 3.14 is also pi (π) day, and more around the world. Japanese do not customarily put important things into words, hence the exchange of gifts, but a pro tip is that no one objects when you profess your love <3 ;-)

In Japan, March 14th is 1) White Day, when men reciprocate Valentine gifts, 2) International Marriage Day, and 3) our (29th) Wedding Anniversary! 3.14 is also pi (π) day, and more around the world. Japanese do not customarily put important things into words, hence the exchange of gifts, but a pro tip is that no one objects when you profess your love <3 ;-)___

2017-03-13 08:21:37 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Reading false information on Japanese naturalization may not be good for my mental health, but that won't prevent me from becoming Japanese.

Reading false information on Japanese naturalization may not be good for my mental health, but that won't prevent me from becoming Japanese.___

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2017-03-13 02:59:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

An interesting comparison with Japanese naturalization. Also interesting is Le Pen's proposal to change naturalization to forbid dual citizenship... except in the case that the other nationalities are part of Europe (including Russia).

An interesting comparison with Japanese naturalization. Also interesting is Le Pen's proposal to change naturalization to forbid dual citizenship... except in the case that the other nationalities are part of Europe (including Russia).___

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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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