We all know that Godzilla is the mighty monster upon which so many movies have 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.
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:
According to Anime News Network, The plaque reads:
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.