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Female Japanese Citizens In New Caledonia: Pre-December 1941, Rowena G. Ward Jan 2018

Female Japanese Citizens In New Caledonia: Pre-December 1941, Rowena G. Ward

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts - Papers

In January 1941, the Japanese female population in New Caledonia included the Japan-born as well as former French citizens and subjects, Dutch subjects (primarily Javanese) and local Indigenous Kanak women who were married to Japanese men. Before the enactment of a new French Nationality Law in August 1927, French women who married non-French citizens became citizens of their husband's country and therefore French women who married Japanese men became Japanese. After the change in the law, French women who married Japanese retained their French citizenship. Kanak and Dutch women who married Japanese men also became Japanese. The number of ...