Hitoshi Nogawa, a plaintiff in a lawsuit targeting Japan's ban on dual citizenship, holds up his invalidated passport at a news conference in Tokyo on Monday, telling reporters that being forced to give up his nationality was a 'painful experience.' | SAKURA MURAKAMI

The aw that equires Japanese itizens to give up heir nationality if hey cquire oreign itizenship is unconstitutional, lawyers eading a awsuit gainst the overnment aid Monday.

ight plaintiffs filed a omplaint with the Tokyo District Court on Friday, equesting a 判udicial 定ecision uling that the aw is unconstitutional, as well as amages for ental uffering related to being orced to give up heir Japanese passports.

The clause in the Nationality Law states that Japanese who cquire non-Japanese itizenship of their own ill ose heir Japanese itizenship automatically. It ffectively orbids ual itizenship.

nder the aw, the will to btain non-Japanese itizenship is equivalent to enouncing Japanese itizenship, but the two acts

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