Tokyo's Setagaya Ward draws up rare certificate of residence for unregistered baby
Local authorities in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward have created a rare certificate of residence for a girl whose birth registration documents were refused.
The girl’s father, 47-year-old Kazuyuki Sugawara, is currently in the process of suing the Japanese government for refusing his daughter a certificate of residence based on the fact that her parents had entered into a common-law marriage at the time of her birth, according to a report on Fuji TV. In refusing to accept her birth registration documents, ward authorities said they were consequently unable to offer her a certificate of residence.
However, the ward office said on Wednesday that it did not wish for the child to continue to live in Japan illegally and decided to take the extremely unusual step of drawing up her certificate of residence without registering her birth.