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Godzilla granted Japanese citizenship

He's destroyed Tokyo more times than can be counted, but now he's also serving as their tourism mascot.

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Ben Gourlay
Published Thu, Jun 4 2015 12:24 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Since 1954, Godzilla, or (ゴジラ 'Gojira' as he is known in the East) has been stomping his way across Tokyo, and the world tapping into citizens fears about the threat of nuclear weaponry and also raising the profile of Japan. Now instead of fearing him, the country has decided to embrace him as the cultural icon he is.

According to Time, the Shinjuku prefecture in Tokyo has granted Godzilla honorary citizenship, with the character's birth date listed as April 9, 1954 - the day 'Gojira' premiered in Tokyo. While 'Godzilla's' days of destruction aren't over, with more Hollywood and Japanese entries on the way, it seems that the Japanese people are a little less scared of him these days.

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Ben is based in Australia and has been writing entertainment based news and reviews since 2002 and for TweakTown since 2007. A student of film, Ben brings a wide understanding of the medium to the latest happenings in entertainment circles and the latest blockbuster theatrical reviews.

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