Japan is known for its particularly strict and restrictive immigration laws, although there does seem to be a pretty major loophole to gaining residency papers. You just need to be a 50 meter tall radioactive lizard who has destroyed its capital city numerous times.
That's right. Godzilla's mighty city-crushing toes has finally earned the world-famous kaiju official recognition and residency in Japan. Many prefectures in Japan have official mascots which are used to promote tourism and sell merchandise. Despite being a well-known symbol of Japan, Godzilla has never actually been officially recognized by the state.
However, as of April 9, 2015, Godzilla is now the official mascot of Shinjuku ward, which contains the capital city Tokyo. Copies of his residency certificate were handed out to 3,000 fans as proof of the momentous occasion. Check it out below:
The translation 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)
This isn't the only recent example of the Japanese tourism board adopting pop culture icons. Earlier this year, officials in the Mie prefecture of Japan created an official 'Ninja Council' to help promote the history of the region internationally.