by Maria Szamrej
In an increasingly globalized world, dual citizenship has become inevitable, and national responses range from outright to reluctant acceptance. Yet some countries, including Japan, still strictly ban plural citizenship. Just as laws permitting dual citizenship have encouraged globalization, immigration, and economic prosperity, limitations on dual citizenship can be a tool of political oppression and can hamper economic growth, the latter of which is particularly apparent when examining Japan’s policies. In the midst of a labor crisis stifling economic growth, this paper explores the role of Japan’s dual citizenship policies and the impact on immigration through economic indicators and comparisons to other economically similar nations.