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10-year-old becomes first official dual-national kabuki actor

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I know that in Japan, at 20, you are asked in to choose one nationality, but then if you choose the Japanese one but keep your French passport you have in reality the dual nationality. - Rakuraku

Almost everyone I know who has dual citizenship does this. Accept Japanese citizenship but just keep their other passport. I've never heard of anyone being checked up on to see if they in fact renounced their other citizenship or disposed of their other passport.

The situation is a bit different for public figures though. Renho effectively had her promising political career nipped in the bud because conservative nationalists went after her for not giving up her Taiwanese citizenship.

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I forgot to mention, congratulations to that fine handsome young man. I hope he goes far. And yes, it definitely beats cram school.

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@browny1 - That is correct. It's not binding, and my wife and I will let our dual citizenship daughters to keep theirs without any interference from us.

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He does not have to choose a nationality in the future.

He is a Japanese citizen and therefore can't lose his Japanese nationality.

He is a French citizen and therefore can't lose his French nationality.

Govts issue nationality status, not individuals.

The Japanese govt (or any democratic govt) has no power over another sovereign state forcing them to cancel a citizens native status.

That's why the govt uses wording like "In principle a person must choose one".

It's not binding in law.

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@Hercolobus

Until the turns 18 when he must choose which one to keep.

I always wondered what was the practical implication of this. France recognizes dual nationality so he can always have a French passport. Japan will not know this unless he tells them. So, in reality it is like having dual nationality. I know that in Japan, at 20, you are asked in to choose one nationality, but then if you choose the Japanese one but keep your French passport you have in reality the dual nationality. Actually, I have heard that Japan authorities are perfectly aware of this but decide to keep a blind eye on it because in Japan the form is more important that the reality.

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For the time being, he is French-Japanese.

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The kid is Japanese, and he will continue to be, to continue being a Kabuki actor

Don't create drama ladies...

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The age to decide nationality is 20 years but most just keep both.

Good for him to do something he enjoys. Beats cram schools.

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Until the turns 18 when he must choose which one to keep.

When he realizes that Kabuki acting can't pay rent.

In an interview, Ichikawa Danjūrō XIII said the reason that keeps doing Kabuki acting, is not to carry out the family's legacy, but it's to keep his family's finance intact. He's currently the number one actor in the Kabuki industry.

Outside of Japan, Kabuki is hardly profitable.

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“ … will become the first officially recognized dual-national kabuki actor, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, a star of the traditional art form.

Terajima's mother is actress Shinobu Terajima, the daughter of kabuki star Onoe Kikugoro VII, who was awarded "national treasure" status from the government for his work. His father is a French art director.

Terajima's mother, whose younger brother is also a kabuki actor, was … “

This is not a significant step towards openness, imho.

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Until the turns 18 when he must choose which one to keep.

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