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Tuesday, 19th August 2008
In General Japan News,

Illegitimate children to be granted citizenship

The Japanese government has announced it intention to grant citizenship to all illegitimate children living there.

It is expected that under a revised version of the Nationality Law, a Japanese parent will simply have to acknowledge paternity of a child for it to obtain citizenship, reports Bloomberg.

In June, the country's supreme court rules that denying citizenship to children born out of wedlock is against the constitution.

The government is expected to submit a bill to change the law during the next extraordinary session of the Diet.

Recently, a woman born out of wedlock to a Filipino mother was granted Japanese nationality, bring her closer to her dream of becoming a police officer in Japan, reports the AFP news agency.

In related news, it has also been reported that a Japanese grandmother has won custody of a baby born to a surrogate mother.