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News Dual citizenship continues to be banned in Japan

thomas

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Last Friday, the Tokyo District Court ruled that a legal provision that effectively bans dual citizenship for Japanese nationals was constitutional. According to the judges, it would likely create friction between nations if an individual is allowed to have multiple citizenships. The plaintiffs contested a provision that strips people of their Japanese nationality if they obtain foreign citizenship.

Some 50 countries do not recognise dual or multiple citizenship:

01- Andorra
02- Azerbaijan
03- Bahamas
04- Bahrain
05- Belarus
06- Botswana
07- Bhutan
08- China
09- Cuba
10- Congo
11- Djibouti
12- Ethiopia
13- Haiti
14- India
15- Indonesia
16- Iran
17- Japan
18- Kazakhstan
19- Kuwait
20- Kyrgyzstan
21- Laos
22- Macau
23- Malaysia
24- Marshall Islands
25- Micronesia
26- Monaco
27- Mongolia
28- Mozambique
29- Myanmar
30- Nepal
31- North Korea
32- Oman
33- Papua New Guinea
34- Qatar
35- San Marino
36- Saudi Arabia
37- Singapore
38- Slovakia
39- Solomon Islands
40- Swaziland
41- Tajikistan
42- Thailand
43- Tonga
44- Turkmenistan
45- Ukraine
46- Uzbekistan
47- United Arab Emirates
48- Venezuela
49- Vietnam
50- Yemen
51- Zimbabwe


Japan gives a Japanese citizen until the age of 22 to decide their country of loyalty if they have obtained dual citizenship through a country that allows it.

According to the Japan Nationality Act: "If dual nationality is acquired between ages 20-22, the person must choose one nationality within two years. If one does not choose Japanese nationality within these periods, the Minister of Justice can require one to choose a nationality. Failure to comply within one month of this requirement will result in loss of Japanese citizenship."


 

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What if dual nationality is acquired before the age of 20?
 
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You have to give up one nationality before the age of 22. In fact, this does not seem to be strictly enforced. I do know people who have have held passports of two nations beyond that age.🤫
 

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Well, maybe they will change the law by the time my oldest child reaches 22. Still a number of years to go.
 
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