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Dual nationals feel cast adrift in Japan


For Shiki Tomimasu, the attorney in charge of the suit, that makes the law all the more ridiculous.

“Everything rests on a personal declaration, so unless an individual admits to having dual nationality, the government will never realize,” Tomimasu said.

Japan is one of about 50 countries in the world that allow only one nationality. In Asia, China and South Korea also impose such a law.

Atsushi Kondo, a law professor at the University of Meijo, near Nagoya in western Japan, said that there is one main reason the government is unwilling to change the law.

“The majority of the population want Japan to remain a country of one people and perhaps linked to that is the idea that we do not want to become a country of immigration,” Kondo said.

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