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Friend is Issei and studied and worked in USA under student visa and green card. about 10 years ago, got US citizenship. All family still in Japan and he is getting older and would like to return but has american wife and baby. Can he renounce American citizenship and get green card and get new Japanese citizenship?
 
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He doesn't hold Japanese citizenship anymore? My guess is that even if he went through some "renouncement" process in the US, the Japanese authorities would not have any quarrel with him coming back and then re-acquiring his Japanese citizenship. As long as he can go to the city hall where he was born, and get a copy of his koseki and all that, he should be able to get another Japanese passport. Actually, if he still has a copy of his old Japanese passport, he can probably just go to the nearest Japanese embassy and apply for a new one. I would be very curious if he actually, formally, legally renounced his Japanese citizenship to Japanese authorities, and how those authorities confirmed that he was no longer considered a citizen of Japan.
One other related matter, he doesn't need to renounce his US citizenship. He can be a dual citizen of both countries now. In fact, if he did in fact once renounce his Japanese citizenship, and NOW wishes to renounce his US citizenship, it all starts to look a bit fishy doesn't it. Also, there are serious tax consequences for people who wish to renounce their US citizenship. The law changed several years ago because of people leaving the US for tax convenience, so now the IRS wants to see what kind of assets you hold in the US and what kind of capital gains you may theoretically make if you leave the country.
 

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Unless your friend has forgotten Japanese to the point he has to have his American friend ask other non-Japanese people to look up stuff in Japanese and translate it to English for him, he can do a google search on 簡易帰化 元日本人 and find tons of information on it in about two seconds.
 
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One other related matter, he doesn't need to renounce his US citizenship. He can be a dual citizen of both countries now.
I should say, the US doesn't care about dual citizenship anymore. Japan still only allows one citizenship. However, the Japanese government cannot strip a US citizen of his/her US citizenship. As above, there are entire websites devoted to these issues.
 
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