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Naomi osaka picks japanese citizenship, claims broadcaster

Although japan dont enforce the rule to pick citizenship, looks like naomi has picked japanese citizenship.
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Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Tokyo Olympics, claims public broadcaster
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By Agence France-Presse


Tokyo: Tennis star Naomi Osaka has decided to choose Japanese over American nationality with an eye on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, public broadcaster NHK reported on Thursday.

Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Tokyo Olympics, claims public broadcaster
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Osaka, who has a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, told NHK she has completed an administrative step to obtain Japanese citizenship ahead of her birthday next week.

Japanese law stipulates that a Japanese with more than one nationality must choose one before turning 22 years old.

"It gives me a special feeling to try to go to the Olympics to represent Japan," the two-time Grand Slam champion told the broadcaster in an interview in Tokyo.

"I think I will be able to put more of my emotion into it by playing for the pride of the country," she said, according to the article published in Japanese on the NHK website.



Osaka added she wants to aim for the gold although she is also worried as expectations will be high.

The young tennis sensation is a household name in Japan, where her every move is followed feverishly by local media, particularly when she is in the country of her mother's birth.

She is the face of several leading Japanese brands, including the carrier ANA, and "Naomi-chan" - as she is affectionately known - was the main attraction at last month's Pan Pacific Open in Osaka, which she won.

But she has faced controversies over her dual heritage in a nation that is fairly racially homogeneous, as well as scrutiny for her imperfect Japanese language skills - though others insist they add to her charm.

Mixed-race children can often face prejudice in Japan, although attitudes among younger generations are changing.

Osaka became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam last year after beating Serena Williams at the US Open.


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This is why talk about her being anything Haitian is silly. She has chosen to represent Japan and be the Japanese tennis player. There should be no mention for her Haitianness.
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This is why talk about her being anything Haitian is silly. She has chosen to represent Japan and be the Japanese tennis player. There should be no mention for her Haitianness.
She is proud of her haiti roots as well. She identifies with both ... But officially she can only choose one..That's it
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This is a business decision. I'm sure someone somewhere has made sure that she can still live in the US and I doubt much in her life will change because of this.
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Right Decision by Naomi. Proud of her!
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I mean it was a no brainer.
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I am pretty sure she still has a US citizenship as well. I have dual citizenship(Japan and the US) and never had any problems.
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I think the reason it's making news is that she is relinquishing her US citizenship.
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I am pretty sure she still has a US citizenship as well. I have dual citizenship(Japan and the US) and never had any problems.
Don't you get it! She is prohibited to hold Dual Citizenship under Japanese Law.
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Don't you get it! She is prohibited to hold Dual Citizenship under Japanese Law.
lol but the Japanese government can't do anything about it. There is no law that would punish me or Naomi for having dual citizenship. It just states that you need to do your best to get rid of other countries citizenship. That's it.
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I heard Serena will represent USA in Olympics.
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Naomi was at the NBA Japan game( Houston Rockets vs Toronto Raptors) with Kei Nishikori yesterday.
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yah i doubt she will get rip of USA citizenship, and she just bought Nick Jonas's Beverly Hill House
she will proudly own US citizenship after her career is ova

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