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Jun 3, 2015
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Godzilla, King of the Monsters, is world-famous for being a giant walking and atomic fire-breathing embodiment of pure power and mayhem. The creature is an expert in laying the smackdown on just about anything, which often results to unparalleled destruction and scaring the bejesus out of puny humans, as these GIFs show:

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Which is why it's quite shocking that Japan has decided to proclaim a fictional beast often accompanied by shitloads of blood, death, and chaos asget thisan official Japanese resident!

Check out this certificate (because nothing's really official without the paperwork):

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Here's the translation:

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Not only that; Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward also named Godzilla (or Gojira for our Nihongo-speaking friends) a tourism ambassador. We like the effect of this move: "Visit our country, or I will visit yours (wink)."

The process of making the Big G a Japanese resident and tourism ambassador actually started several months ago, but it's only now that the certificate has been issued.

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And we actually get the idea of naming Godzilla as both a resident and a tourism ambassador. For over 60 years now (the first Godzilla movie came out in 1954), the legendary creature has been protecting the Japanese from similarly-sized baddies. Sure, Japan has been almost decimated several times as a result, but he's just basically saving the world. Collateral damage is a small price to pay.

And, seriously speaking, Godzilla is among the country's most popular pop culture exports and has helped boost awareness about the Japanese entertainment industry, especially during the '70s and '80s.

This got us thinking, do we have a fictional Pinoy creature we can bestow the same recognition on? Balawis? Zuma? Kokey? Sound off in the comments section, monster lovers!

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