The law that requires Japanese citizens to give up their nationality if they acquire foreign citizenship is unconstitutional, lawyers leading a lawsuit against the government said Monday.

Eight plaintiffs filed a complaint with the Tokyo District Court on Friday, requesting a judicial decision ruling that the law is unconstitutional, as well as damages for mental suffering related to being forced to give up their Japanese passports.

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