Under Japanese law, after Osaka turns 22 on October 16, she will be required as a dual-nationality citizen to choose one.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka has decided to choose Japanese over American nationality with an eye on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, public broadcaster NHK reported on Thursday. She now has dual citizenship with the United States and Japan, but Japanese law requires that she choose one or the other by her 22nd birthday.
The Japanese Olympic Committee and a USA -based agent for Osaka in the United States could not immediately be reached outside business hours.
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The 21-year-old, who was born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother but raised in the United States, has started the process to relinquish her USA citizenship so she can play for Japan in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japanese media reported on Thursday.
Osaka, 21, has taken the steps to ditch her US citizenship to play for Japan, according to Japanese media.
According to Japanese law, those with dual nationality must chose one before turning 22 years old.
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Osaka, who resides in the United States, defeated world No.1 Ash Barty in the final of the China Open in Beijing last Sunday.
Osaka notched a historic U.S. Open win against Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows in 2018, which made her the first Japanese player to ever win a Grand Slam title.
Osaka, who will turn 22 next week, plays under the Japanese flag in Women's Tennis Association events and the Fed Cup.
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