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Godzilla Is Now an ‘Official’ Citizen of Japan

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A special residency certificate for Godzilla has been trending on Facebook after the fictional movie monster was recognized as a citizen of the Shinjuku area of Tokyo, Japan, in April. Copies of the papers were reportedly handed out to fans in the city late last month.

According to Rocket News 24, a blog that reports Japanese news in English, the special residency credentials note the character’s birth date as April 9, 1954, the year the first Godzilla movie came out. (See the rest of the language here.) A Godzilla head now reportedly soars 171-feet above ground at Toho, the movie studio that brought the famous creature to life.

(h/t BBC)

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