英語で読む: Double nationality in Japan

From Japan Times
Please go here to find the whole version of the text.

It is legally impossible to have double citizenship in Japan. It means that if you have e.g. a British passport, you cannot have Japanese citizenship. However, the reality is different than the legal rules. The article below addresses this issue.

(…) Many Japanese people (…) get away with naturalizing in a foreign country without losing their Japanese passport. For example, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 1,622 people born in Japan were naturalized in the United States alone in 2011, while for the same year Japanese statistics show less than 800 people abandoning or losing their Japanese citizenship worldwide (…).
Japan needs more children. Not only that, it needs more children who will stay in Japan after reaching adulthood. With international marriages being the only part of the Japanese baby-making apparatus that seems to be in growth mode, (…) perhaps it is time the country moved away from the simplistic “us vs. them” nationalistic dichotomy that seems to be of benefit to no one.

Homework
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. What do you think: why is the dual citizenship not legal in Japan? Do you think that it will become legal in the future?
2. Do you agree with the opinion of the author that the current situation is “of benefit to no one”? Why?
3. Make your own sentences with the words written in bold.

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