Naturalization Unlike applying for a status of residence, naturalization is a process to acquire Japanese nationality. The nationality law of Japan stipulates the basic requirements for naturalization as follows;
That he or she has resided in Japan for five years or more consecutively;
That he or she is twenty years of age or more and of full capacity to act according to the law of his or her home country;
That he or she is of upright conduct;
That he or she is able to secure a livelihood by one's own property or ability, or those of one's spouse or other relatives with whom one lives on common living expenses;
That he or she has no nationality, or the acquisition of Japanese nationality will result in the loss of foreign nationality;
That he or she has never plotted or advocated, or formed or belonged to a political party or other organization which has plotted to or advocated the overthrowing of the Constitution of Japan or the Government existing thereunder, since the enforcement of the Constitution of Japan.
In addition, you are required to have Japanese language skills (about the level of an elementary school child), and requirements may vary case by case. The process will start with a meeting with an officer of the Legal Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Justice. We will accompany you to the meeting, advise and help you to organize the vast amount of documents required, and support you until your application is permitted. Please feel free to contact us for further details.