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  • New separate blog with details about taking Japanese citizenship, in English, written by other fellow naturalized Japanese

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on July 29th, 2010

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    Hi Blog. Late last June a naturalized Japanese friend of mine set up a website devoted solely to offering information to people interested in taking out Japanese citizenship (or of course for those who just have a curiosity about what’s involved). Written by people who have actually gone through the process (yours truly included). See it at: was once pretty much the source for that in English, but the data there is out of date in places (of course, it’s been a decade). This collection of modern and variable experiences from the increasingly-visible naturalized Japanese citizens (word has it your treatment by MOJ officials depends quite a bit on your race and national origin; I believe as a White former American I had a comparatively easy time of it) is a valuable addition to the canon, and I wanted to devote today’s blog entry to point you towards it.

    Topics thus far covered there:

      High-fidelity MS Word and OpenDocument Japan naturalization forms
      FAQ: Which is more difficult: permanent residency or naturalization
      Comparison: The U.S. Citizenship Test on Video
      Misinformation: Japanese citizenship
      The three types of naturalization
      Misinformation: eHow: How to become a Japanese Citizen
      FAQ: Do you have to speak perfect Japanese to naturalize?
      FAQ: How much paperwork is involved?
      FAQ: Can I have an official Japanese name even if I don’t naturalize?
      What the Ministry of Justice website says about naturalization
      Analyzing the Application Procedures
      FAQ: Do you have to be a permanent resident or special permanent resident to naturalize?
      Your newly acquired right to vote: Using the web to know your candidates
      FAQ: Do you have to take a Japanese name if you naturalize?
      FAQ: How much does it cost to naturalize?
      Becoming Japanese is becoming more expensive for Americans
      Japanese “Naturalization Permission Application Guidance” booklet
      Renouncing Former Nationalities
      My first visit to the Nationality Section

    and more.

    Arudou Debito in Sapporo

    2 Responses to “New separate blog with details about taking Japanese citizenship, in English, written by other fellow naturalized Japanese”

    1. Eido Inoue Says:

      Debito, thanks for the plug!

      FYI, just so people don’t get confused about Debito’s own blog and his participation as an author on mine:

      My blog doesn’t cover activism or human or labor rights, etc., in the way that Debito’s blog does. Thus you will probably continue to see blog posts on about naturalization — but most likely on how it relates to activism, discrimination, human rights, etc.

      My blog’s scope is much more limited compared to the broad focus of Debito’s site.

    2. Tacit Blue Says:

      Very nice. Had a quick look and the info included looks like it will answer a lot of questions I had. I think this, along with Debito’s book (which I will be purchasing soon) will be great joint resources.

      Thanks to both of you for the hard work.

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