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Title: Citizenship and nationality in Britain and Japan : a case study of the position of former empire subjects
Author: Wagatsuma, Moeko
ISNI:       0000 0004 2750 7848
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 1998
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This thesis aims to draw a comparison on Britain and Japan on issues of citizenship and nationality for the former empire subjects. In multi-national state Britain, those of New Commonwealth immigration issue is mainly conceptualised as ‘racial' topics, while in nation-state Japan, Koreans and Taiwanese or aliens’ issue is mainly conceptualised as legal ‘nationality' topics. The framework is set from the Japanese ‘nationality’ perspective, in order to point out what are missed in the 'race' framework, in particular, when they are applied to the Japanese context. Discussion of formal rights in Japan is divided in two as rights with regard to residence, and their right for citizenship status. In chapter 2, I discuss that the former is similar to denizenship discussion while the latter is similar to patriality topic. The methodology section explores what is the best way to conduct a comparison between Britain and Japan on these citizenship and nationality issue, as well as considering what are the main factors in each country to make some impact on public policy of the government. I consider court cases are important tool for minorities in Japan, while in Britain, pressure through the parliament seems much more influential. The research chapters explore the topics of denizenship and patriality of each country, the British chapters examine the impact of the 1971 Immigration Act, while the Japanese chapters examine the impact of the 1952 San Francisco Peace Treaty and the following circular, and see whether minorities formal rights has been changed after since or not. The conclusion examines whether the withdrawal from empire had some significant impact of citizenship and nationality legislation as well as the concepts in Britain and Japan. It argues that the impact of the former empire subjects on legislation has been slow and continuous in Britain, while in Japan there was a major change once for all, but the results are continuous. The two concepts are slowly converging in Britain, while in Japan, they are gradually diverging.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: JC Political theory