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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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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
Mr. Trump’s harsh language against Mexican immigrants has compelled legal residents to seek citizenship in time to vote against him in November.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Instructions on how to get Japanese citizenship via naturalization.
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Most documentation for naturalization is printed on paper, and in Japanese (or Chinese / Korean). Our site attempts to explain, in English, how to qualify, and how and what to do to prepare for naturalization. Additionally, experiences from other English writers who have done the process are included. We hope to dispel myths and rumors regarding how one becomes Japanese.

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