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The main reason children of foreign residents in Japan become stateless is parents who are unaware of necessary paperwork, a government survey showed Tuesday.

This is the first such survey to be conducted by Japan’s immigration agency amid an increase in children without nationality. The survey found 232, or 76.1%, of 305 children who were born between 2016 and 2020 and without nationality before turning 1 year old were stateless as a result of their parents not providing authorities with required documentation.

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