Nhat Ban: An orange law enforcement agency with many image types 1Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, who holds Japanese and American nationality, chose Japanese citizenship before turning 22 in 2019. (Image: AFP / VNA)

On January 21, the Tokyo First Instance Court issued a ruling affirming the country’s nationality law is constitutional, thereby prohibiting Japanese citizens from having multiple nationalities. This is the first decision regarding this issue.

In 2018, eight men and women, between the ages of 30 and 80, who were born in Japan but now live in Europe filed a lawsuit with the Tokyo First Instance Court, accusing the law of compelling Japanese citizens. Copy expatriate oneself having a foreign nationality is unconstitutional.

Of the eight plaintiffs, six have applied for Swiss citizenship and Liechtenstein, two of whom plan to apply for Swiss and French citizenship to facilitate work and living. They both hope to maintain their Japanese nationality.

The plaintiffs said: “The people’s abolition of Japanese nationality is unconstitutional, a violation of the right to seek happiness and equality before the law.”

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The defendant is the government that has denied the plaintiff’s allegations, claiming that the plaintiffs did not pay attention to national interests when the multi-nationality status could result in Japanese citizens having the right to vote or have diplomatic protection in another country.

According to Article 11 Japanese Nationality Law, citizens of this country who want to have citizenship of another country will automatically lose Japanese nationality, which means that prohibit multiple nationalities.

The Nationality Law also requires Japanese citizens to declare renunciation of their nationality when applying for foreign citizenship.

However, due to the lack of specific punishment, much Japanese citizenship retain citizenship after applying for citizenship of another country.

Statistics in October 2019 showed that about 518,000 Japanese had permanent residency in another country, but the government was still unable to determine the number of people with multiple nationalities.

The dual nationality issue in Japan drew international attention when tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, who holds Japanese and American nationality, chose Japanese citizenship before turning 22 in 2019. She whose mother is Japanese and father is Haitian.

Japanese law stipulates that those under 20 years of age with dual nationality must choose one before turning 22, while those aged 20 and over starting two nationalities will have two years to choose from. citizenship./.

Hoang Minh (VNA / Vietnam +)