Godzilla is finally granted residency in Japan

The city-destroying monster has been waiting a while for his paperwork to go through — but now he's got rights as an official Tokyoite...

Fire-breathing, building-crushing Godzilla has finally been recognised as a citizen of Japan.


After living in the country for more than half a century, the monster, aged 61, has officially been granted the right to stomp on his, well, stomping ground.

The creature was awarded residency status by Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward earlier this year, but Godzilla’s paperwork was only finalised last week. Bureaucracy, eh?!

And in what must feel like a very exciting week for the fictional reptile, he’s also been given a job as part of his residency. While some might imagine the monster would make quite an unreliable employee with that fiery temper, the authorities have made him… tourism ambassador.

“Godzilla is a character that is the pride of Japan,” Shinjuku Mayor Kenichi Yoshizumi said at a special ceremony in April.


According to AnimeNetworkNews, the document translates to:

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 neighbourhood 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)