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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: 3

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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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2016-09-26 05:01:20 (1 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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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.

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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.

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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; 4 +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 

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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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