Godzilla, arguably the most famous lizard to storm across our screens, is now legally allowed to call Japan home after being officially recognised as a citizen.
As Anime News Network reports, the 61-year-old monster has been made an honorary citizen of Tokyo's Shinjuku ward (his paperwork was finalised this week).
“Godzilla is a character that is the pride of Japan,” Shinjuku Mayor Kenichi Yoshizumi said at a special ceremony in April.
In addition to becoming a citizen of the ward, Godzilla will reportedly also serve as Shinjuku’s tourism ambassador. Who would have thought this is in the name of tourism?
Godzilla’s residency papers include the official duties, “promoting the entertainment of and watching over the Kabuki-cho neighbourhood and drawing visitors from around the globe in the form of the Godzilla head built atop the Shinjuku TOHO Building.”