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February 21, 2005

Permanent Dual Nationality Petition

This may be of interest to anyone who is married to a Japanese citizen and has a child from that marriage. As you probably know, such children have dual nationality, but under Japanese law they must choose one nationality by the age of 22. One group that has been working hard to push the government to change the law is The Association for Multi-cultural Families (AMF). It seems the matter will only be discussed in the Diet if there is a large enough number of signatures on a petition. In the past, AMF successfully helped claim the right for children of Japanese mothers to get Japanese nationality, which was not allowed before 1985.

The AMF webpage is in Japanese. Petitions must be submitted in Japanese including your name and full address with your hanko. These are Japanese government restrictions. Petitions written in any other way are not considered valid.
Association for Multi-cultural Families

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