Godzilla Is Now An Official Resident Of Japan With Residency Papers


Well it's about time!

Japan's tourism board assigns mascots for each of Japan's districts as a way for brand recognition and merchandise sells. If you see Kumamon, you know you're in the Kumamoto Prefecture for example. These mascots draw in huge amounts of money and there's probably one unofficial mascot that just became legit. 

Godzilla, or Gojira, has been granted residency papers by the Shinjuku ward office after being assigned as an official tourism ambassador for Tokyo. Officials even handed out copies of the certificate to the first 3,000 fans as "proof". 

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It reads:

"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)"

We had ComicBook.com would like to send Godzilla our most heartfelt congratulations. 

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    • wheelwork
    • 2254 Posts in 26 Months

    Hey King of all Monsters, I'm planning a trip to Japan. Can I crash at your crib?

  1. So Gojira finally got his citizenship after HOW LONG? It's about time. Congrats, Gojira...

  2. After having their city destroyed numerous times government officials finally realized it was all just Gojira's cry for acceptance and recognition, to not be an outcast and judged by outdated cultural and societal standards. Thankfully they finally saw Gojira's "cry for help" and are working to make amends, especially before they had to rebuild the city yet again! Congrats to Gojira for finally obtaining the respect he deserves.

    • Shido
    • 136 Posts in 30 Months

    So awesome..

  3. This sets a dangerous precedent. Everyone knows Godzilla's an illegal immigrant. Now other dangerous residents of Monster Island's going to think all they have to do to get Japanese citizenship is eat Tokyo a few times.

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