Good news for the King of Monsters comes out of Japan this week — Godzilla has officially been recognized as a resident of Japan, thanks to the Tokyo ward of Shinjuku. Even after repeatedly wrecking havoc on its citizens and destroying major Tokyo landmarks, Godzilla is able to reside peacefully in his favorite nation.
Godzilla was also dubbed tourism ambassador of Japan, which really has no meaning for a fictional character (or I guess in general). Shinjuku Prefecture awarded Godzilla a plaque for his contribution to Japanese society and also gave copies out to the first 3,000 Japanese fans who requested proof of the monster’s residency. Check out the plaque below, with translations from Anime News Network. Also, watch a video of the ceremony up top.
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)