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Instructions on how to get Japanese citizenship via naturalization.
Instructions on how to get Japanese citizenship via naturalization.

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

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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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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 ;-)

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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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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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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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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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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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