Yuka Saso 'proud of dual heritage' as she confirms plans to acquire Japanese citizenship

Yuka Saso is still proud to be Pinay even if she will fully become a Japanese citizen by 2023.
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Even if she is planning to fully embrace her Japanese citizenship, Yuka Saso remains proud to be a Filipina.

On Thursday, Saso confirmed that she has begun processing her Japanese citizenship, but she also said that there is no way she will fully recant the fact that she too is a Filipina.

"I am a Filipina, born in the Philippines to a Japanese father and Filipino mother. I was raised in both Japan and the Philippines. I am immensely proud of my dual heritage and that will never change," the world number six female golfer said in a statement.

Japanese law states that people of Japanese descent but with dual citizenship must choose which citizenship they would fully embrace by the age of 22.

The 20-year-old Saso has until June 20, 2023, her 22nd birthday, if she wants to reconsider everything, but she said that her plans have been cast in stone already.

"After much thought and consultation with my family, friends and advisors, I have begun the process of acquiring Japanese citizenship," Saso further said.

She then thanked her fans for the support to her decision and vowed that she will continue to make the Philippines proud even if she will represent Japan beginning the second half of 2023.

"Thank you for respecting my choice. I am grateful to both my Filipino and Japanese supporters. I would not have achieved anything in my career without your support. I look forward to making you proud as I continue with my professional golfing career," Saso continued.

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