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Friday, 5th December 2008
In General Japan News,

Children to be granted Japanese citizenship

More children born out of wedlock to foreign women and Japanese men will be granted citizenship thanks to a new law that was passed today (December 5th).

Under the new legislation, the children of Japanese fathers and non-Japanese mothers are entitled to apply for citizenship until the age of 20, as long as their father has acknowledged kinship.

Hironori Kondo, a lawyer who represents children in the supreme court, said he did not think there would be a big rise in false applications for citizenship.

"There are already cases of fake marriage, where the children can then get citizenship just on the basis of paperwork.

"This [new law] won't make it easier."

Earlier this year, the supreme court effectively overturned a rule that limited nationality status to children whose parents were married.

Until 1985, the children of Japanese women and foreign father were not granted nationality, however this is now a matter of course, reports Reuters.

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