Since making his screen debut in 1954, giant lizard monster Godzilla has been a Japanese icon. But can you believe that only now has he been granted Japanese citizenship?
Specifically, Godzilla has been offered special residency in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo, and will be the new Tourism ambassador. Yep.
3,000 special certificates were even printed and given to fans to celebrate the event:
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According to RocketNews, the document reads:
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)”
Godzilla even made a public appearance, accepting a sash from the mayor of Shinjuku, Kenichi Yoshizumi, who said: “Godzilla is a character that is the pride of Japan,” reports the New York Post.
The nuclear reptilian was the star of Hollywood’s highly succesful Godzilla reboot last year, and will appear in a new Japanese film in 2016.
Maybe it’s not wise to honour someone who’s constantly wrecking your cities, but hey, we wouldn’t want to be the ones to say ‘no’ to the big fella…