A Japanese Misconception About Marriage

May 9th, 2007

I’ve had a few coworkers with an odd misconception about international marriage.  I tell them that I’m married, and they say “So, you’ve become a nationalized Japanese?”  When I tell them “no”, they say “Oh, then your wife became an American citizen”.  When I tell them “no, my wife is still Japanese, and I’m still American”, they are surprised.

So there’s some portion of the Japanese populace (not, as far as I can tell, the majority, but not one or two people either) who are under the impression that married people are required to have the same nationality.

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