Naturalization and Notification to acquire Japanese nationality

Non-Japanese people can acquire Japanese nationality following procedures;

  • Naturalization
  • Notification to acquire Japanese nationality for acknowledged children
  • Notification to re-acquire Japanese nationality who lost Japanese nationality because of neglecting of retention of Japanese nationality

Conditions for Naturalization

You have to fulfill following conditions to apply for Naturalization

Ordinal case

  • Inhabit condition・・・have to been having address in Japan consecutively for more than 5 years when you apply for Naturalization
  • Capacity condition・・・more than 20 years old and have attained adult age in accordance with your home country's law
  • Behavior condition・・・good behavior
  • Living condition・・・can live in Japan without living problem
  • Prevention multiple nationality condition・・・have not any nationality or is going to lose your nationality by the naturalization
  • Observance of the Constitution・・・have never tried and insist and make a group or join to the terrorism against the Japanese government

In case of don't need to fulfill the address condition

  • have been having address or living in Japan more than 3 years and children (except adopted) of non-Japanese who were Japanese national
  • born in Japan and have been having address or living in Japan more than 3 years, or their father or mother (except foster parent) born in Japan
  • have been living in Japan more than 10 years

In case of don't need to fulfill address condition and capacity condition

  • spouse of Japanese national who have been having address in Japan or living in Japan more than 3 years
  • spouse of Japanese national who have been getting marriage more than 3 years and have been having address in Japan

In case of don't need to fulfill address condition, capacity condition and living condition

  • children (except adopted children) of Japanese national and having address in Japan
  • adopted children of Japanese national who have been having address in Japan more than 1 year and was under age in accordance with their mother's country law when they were adopted
  • people who lost of Japanese national (except lost of Japanese nationality after naturalization in Japan) and have been having address in Japan
  • born in Japan and don't have any nationality form the birth and have been having address in Japan

Notification for acquisition of Japanese nationality

Some of non-Japanese people can acquire Japanese nationality by notification to fulfill following conditions.

Acknowledged children by Japanese father

  • acknowledged by Japanese father after birth
  • less than 20 years old
  • have never been Japanese national from birth until now
  • father was Japanese national when children born
  • father must be still Japanese national (if the father has died, father must be Japanese national when he died)

Re-acquisition Japanese nationality who lost Japanese nationality because of neglecting of retention of Japanese nationality

  • acquired Japanese national and another country's national to born out of Japan, but lost Japanese nationality because of neglected retention of Japanese nationality
  • less than 20 years old
  • be having address in Japan

Fees for Nationality Procedure

Contents Conditions Occupation Fees
(Yen)
Naturalization Spouse of Japanese

Formerly Japanese

Born in Japan
Company employee 150,000
Naturalization Spouse of Japanese

Formerly Japanese

Born in Japan
Self employed

Company manager
200,000
Naturalization Work visa holder

Long term resident

Permanent resident
Company employee 200,000
Naturalization Work visa holder

Long term resident

Permanent resident
Self employed

Company manage
250,000
Naturalization Applicant's family Dependent 50,000
Nationality acquisition Adopted children 200,000
Re-acquisition Originally Japanese 100,000