Japan finally recognizes Godzilla as a resident and tourism ambassador

We all know that Godzilla is the mighty monster upon which six decades of kaiju entertainment has been based, but what has he ever gotten for his pains? Endless insurance claims, felony charges of terrorism for destroying major sections of Tokyo, and most likely considerable difficulty finding a job outside the odd monster eviction. 

But all of that’s finally changing thanks to a new decree from the Tokyo ward of Shinjuku making Godzilla an official resident of Japan.

The move comes after the King of Monsters, or at least his head, ascended to the top of the Toho cinema complex in a special ceremony naming him a tourism ambassador to the area:

There’s no word on whether the role of tourism ambassador pays Godzilla a living wage, but hopefully it’s enough to allow him to get his feet under him—without crushing anyone in the process, that is.

In gratitude for ‘Zilla’s contribution to Japanese society, Shinjuku Prefecture awarded him this cool new plaque of appreciation:

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According to Anime News Network, the plaque reads:

Name: Godzilla

Address: Shinjuku-ku, Kabuki-cho, 1-19-1

Date of birth: April 9, 1954 (the year of the release of the very first Godzilla film)

Date of becoming a Shinjuku resident: April 9, 2015

Reason for special residency: Promoting the entertainment of and watching over the Kabuki-cho neighborhood and drawing visitors from around the globe in the form of the Godzilla head built atop the Shinjuku TOHO Building.

Previous visits to Shinjuku Ward: 3 times; Godzilla (1984), 
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), Godzilla 2000 Millennium (1999)

Although the official ceremony took place in April, Shinjuku just recently made certificate copies of Godzilla’s plaque available to the first 3,000 Japanese fans who request proof of his residency status.

Meanwhile, on the studio side of Toho Co., creators including Neon Genesis Evangelion‘s Hideaki Anno are hard at work producing the latest addition to the Godzilla franchise. Hopefully, they’ll hire Godzilla himself as a consultant, if he can tear himself away from telling confused tourists outside Shinjuku Station how to get to Shibuya.

Now if only Japan would stop threatening to deport Mothra.

H/T ComicBook.com | Screengrab via YouTube

Aja Romano

Aja Romano

Aja Romano is a geek culture reporter and fandom expert. Their reporting at the Daily Dot covered everything from Harry Potter and anime to Tumblr and Gamergate. Romano joined Vox as a staff reporter in 2016.