TOKYO, Oct 5 (KUNA) -- The Japanese government has decided to grant the
Palestinian nationality for children born of Palestinian parents living in
Japan, the Justice Ministry said Friday.
Under the current nationality law, children with Palestinian parents are
provided with Japanese citizenship, as the government does not formally
recognize Palestinian regions as a state and considers that the people there
have no formal nationality.
"Given that the Palestinian Authority has improved itself to almost a
full-fledged state and issues its own passports, we have decided to accept the
Palestinian nationality", the ministry said, adding that the new rule will
apply to children born on and after Oct.15.
Japan is the third-largest donor to Palestinians after the US and the EU.
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