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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Godzilla, Shin-chan Officially Became Japanese Residents

Japan has been doing a lot of weird stuff all the time, whether if its food, art or anything in what they do, but this got even weirder, when 2 of the most iconic fictional characters: the destructive Kaiju, Gozilla and the prince of mischief, Shin-chan from Crayon Shin-chan became official residents to their native country.

In the report from Anime News Network, the Shinjuku ward office has granted Godzilla official residency papers after the Kaiju became the official tourism ambassador to his hometown and also the agency handed out around 3,000 copies to fans who wanted proof that he is now an official Japanese resident.

Check out the image of actual official residency papers of Godzilla and with some translated text info courtesy from ANN:

Godzilla official Japanese residency paper certificate image 00

Name: Godzilla
Address: Shinjuku-ku, Kabuki-cho, 1-19-1

Date of birth: April 9, 1954 [the year of the release of the very first Godzilla film]

Date of becoming a Shinjuku resident: April 9, 2015

Reason for special residency: Promoting the entertainment of and watching over the Kabuki-cho neighborhood and drawing visitors from around the globe in the form of the Godzilla head built atop the Shinjuku TOHO Building.

Previous visits to Shinjuku Ward: 3 times; Godzilla (1984), Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), Godzilla 2000 Millennium (1999)

While Godzilla submitted its official papers in Shinjuku office, Shin-chan however, filed his papers under his real name, Shinnosuke Nohara last May 7 after he returned to his hometown in Saitama Prefecture from a six week excursion as Japan-Mexico's exchange amigo. The paperwork were first filed at the Japanese Embassy in Mexico when his cartoon family moved there. This was also in conjunction to his latest theatrical release titled "Ora no Hikkoshi Monogatari ~Saboten DaishÅ«geki" (lit. My Moving Story ~The Great Cactus Attack) released last April, where the story takes place in Mexico. Additional source: The Asahi Shimbun.

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