Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
While people have to cut through endless red tape, fill out countless pieces of paperwork and wait weeks to become an official citizen of the United States, being a giant, fictional, radioactive lizard hasn’t stopped the King of Monsters from becoming an official citizen of Japan.
In case you hadn’t heard, when the Toho Cinemas Kabukicho/Hotel Gracery Shinjuku entertainment complex in Japan opened, one of the highlights was a full-scale Godzilla head that peeks out from the theater’s rooftop. And since Godzilla is a permanent fixture there, he just had to become a citizen. Find out more about Citizen Godzilla below.
Rocket News (via The Wrap) reports that folks at the Shinjuku Ward have drawn up a special residency document that officially makes Godzilla a citizen of Japan, despite the fact that he’s occasionally responsible for destroying parts of it. Here’s a post from Twitter with the official document that’s being handed out to people in the Shinjuku Ward office:
— ?????@????? (@dybastar) May 29, 2015
For those who don’t read Japanese, here’s what the document says:
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)
And ever since this document was created, there’s been an influx of people who want a copy of Godzilla’s proof of citizenship. It’s a cute little tribute to one of the most iconic creatures in cinema’s history and a source of great pride for the people of Japan. And maybe now Godzilla will be a little more careful about the buildings he destroys.Cool Posts From Around the Web: