International Law Workshop: The Law of Being Japanese
"The Law of Being Japanese"
The Amendment of Japanese Nationality Law and Its Background
—the Concept of Nationality and Family in Japan—
Before 2008, a child could obtain Japanese nationality if the child's mother was a Japanese national, or the child's father was a Japanese national and married to the child's mother at the time of the child's birth. Children born out of wedlock to a Japanese father and foreign mother could also obtain Japanese nationality if the father had recognized the child before the child's birth. In 2005, the Supreme Court found the relevant law unconstitutional as contrary to the equal rights clause. The Diet amended the law in 2008.
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This workshop is co-sponsored by the Center for International & Comparative Law and the Asia Law Society, University of Michigan Law School; and the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) and Department of Asian Languages and Cultures’ (ALC) Japanese Language Program (JLP), University of Michigan.