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  • 6

    taj

    Historically love and marriage have been separate issues in Japan. Having same sex relations was fine, but the samurai were also expected to produce heirs with suitable partners for the family line.

    I think much of this thinking exists. "Sure be gay, but also, do the omiai thing, get married, pop at least one child, have separate bedrooms and largely separate lives." That's been the expectation for marriage straight or gay.

    What people don't think about, until it's brought to their attention, is that contemporary marriage is a legal state and that involves a lot of rights that non-married couples miss out on. Things like being "next of kin" and getting to visit in hospital. Being recognized as family by the immigration bureau, real estate agents, etc.

    Change is coming. Awareness is spreading. I hope, for the sake of my many friends in international same-sex relationships, especially, that the change comes soon. (Especially to the Immigration office!)

    Posted in: Japan releases results of its first national same-sex marriage survey

  • 3

    taj

    Poor kid. 13 is a difficult time for a girl to change school / leave friends in the best of circumstances. If the choices are: 1) staying with a grandmother who's been poisioning her relationship with half of family (father and all his relatives), and preventing her from know ing her parent or 2) moving to a foreign country, to live with people she doesn't know, I imagine she'd choose to stay where she is.

    I hope (wish) the court can mandate some sort of shared arrangement where the girl gets to spend school holidays with her father and his family to get to know them. Then allow her to change where she lives at a later point if/when she's ready.

    Sadly, I don't think the courts understand the value of shared custody. All or Nothing is ridiculous.

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  • 0

    taj

    Only 49 of the 302 restaurants listed in Tokyo are actually certified Halal. The rest just have some accomodations. So Farhan Sulaiman II is very much on the money. You have to be careful.

    The website makes it easy to search for specifics. I haven't tried the app.

    Posted in: Website provides info on halal food in Japan

  • 5

    taj

    by piling sand atop reefs and atolls then adding buildings, ports and airstrips

    That can't be good for the reefs!! Where is SeaShepherd?

    Posted in: China warns U.S. Navy after ship sails by Chinese-built island

  • -8

    taj

    Also rice is harvested Aug/Sep & now in Jan its announced "safe"...................sorry just too many conflicts here to even begin to think about re-evaluating this topic!

    I do not follow your logic. I don't know where you are from but in coastal Iwate, harvest runs September / October. Then its graded by JA (mixture content, grain size, etc.). I imagine that the additional testing that happens for rice from Fukushima takes quite a while. Lots of sample to work though. And not the number of labs, equipment, or trained technicians as you have for simple grading. If they had a result in October I'd be skeptical.

    I will go out of my way to support these long suffering and twice-damned farmers by buying and consuming their produce.

    Posted in: Fukushima rice passes radiation tests for first time since disaster

  • 1

    taj

    Good points, Beaner. Following the sources, Rocket News carries the same mistakes, Itai has a tiny article, and whatever Yahoo!Japan had posted has been pulled. SamuraiBlue, another good point.

    Posted in: Japan’s hydrogen fuel cell stations begin to open, but are they worth the switch?

  • 1

    taj

    Thank you Bertie and Forzaducati. I really enjoy the David Suchet Poirot series. I am wondering when and where we'll get these new episodes (which haven't aired anywhere yet and won't be on DVD yet, either). This article gives us the air dates for the USA and Britain, but not Japan. (which is weird, as the site is called "Japan" Today.)

    Posted in: TV team: Suchet, Poirot paired for 25 years

  • 6

    taj

    as a Canadian in Japan, I tell these bought-and-paid-for US lawmakers to kiss my shiny metal @ss.

    Posted in: U.S. lawmakers warn Japan, Canada on Pacific trade deal talks

  • 2

    taj

    About a decade ago, McDonald's japan had a Tofu Burger as a limited time special menu item. I was happy to see it, unhappy to taste it, and outraged to find out later that it contained chicken fat.

    I hope they do better this time. (I now know to go the the website and check ingredients in advance.

    Posted in: McDonald's Japan unveils 'tofu nuggets' after China meat scandal

  • 3

    taj

    Disillusioned, thank you for the distinction. I'm sure it will continue to be lost on many.

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  • 0

    taj

    began on PBS with “The Big Four” on July 27 and, on Aug 3, “Dead Man’s Folly.” The episodes will be available the next day at British TV streaming service www.Acorn.TV and on Roku and other platforms, followed by Acorn TV’s exclusive presentation of three more new episodes.

    and how and when will this be available to us in Japan?

    Posted in: TV team: Suchet, Poirot paired for 25 years

  • 9

    taj

    Ossan, as far as Taiwan is concerned, they are still the original legitimate nation of China - the leadership of which had to retreat to one region to escape the communists who rolled in and set up a renegade new nation called the People's Republic.

    Posted in: Taiwan first lady's visit to Japan back on again

  • 4

    taj

    How is Vietnam taking it? (Glad to hear that Japan is blowing it off as routine.)

    Posted in: China's war games don't faze Japan but disrupt civilian air traffic

  • 2

    taj

    "stays in the body 30 - 40 days continuing to damage these organs"

    Damaging organs? According to what research?

    Posted in: The New York Times compares the ban on marijuana to the ban on alcohol during the Prohibition era. Do you think the comparison is apt?

  • 1

    taj

    Strangerland:

    The reasoning behind keeping such names private is well documented and isn't something that should need rehashing here.

    And yet, because JapanToday insists on including the phrase " who cannot be named because she is a minor," every single time a minor is arrested, as though this is not normal, standand procedure around the world, there's always a newbie or two who rants and raves about the names of minors not being publicized.

    Posted in: 16-year-old girl arrested for beheading classmate in Sasebo

  • 0

    taj

    LSpiroJUL. 27, 2014 - 04:30PM JST

    Why should they protect this girl’s future after she completely took away another girl’s future? To LSpiro, etc.

    Not naming young killers is about protecting them, it's about protecting us! You may notice how frequent copycat killers are in the USA. The Columbine killers saw another school shooter attain great infamy and that gave them their idea to go out in a flame of glory. Their faces were then plastered on every magazine cover. There names, became house-hold names. Copy-cats abounded.

    Naming young killers and turning them into infamous celebrities a BAD, BAD, BAD idea.

    Posted in: 16-year-old girl arrested for beheading classmate in Sasebo

  • 7

    taj

    jonobugs, this is in advance of restarting their local power plant. It has no problems at present, however, in the unlikely event of a catastrophic event, the people would have the iodine on hand to take immediately, instead of waiting for it to be dispersed.

    Posted in: Residents within 5 km of Kyushu nuclear plant given iodine tablets

  • 3

    taj

    Great way to double up the use of existing space. Well done Orix.

    Posted in: Orix starts up 2.5MW of solar systems on roofs

  • 4

    taj

    Misleading headline. The return of Sherlock is not up in the air; just the date.

    Posted in: 'Downton Abbey' to return for Season 5 on Jan 4; 'Sherlock' date up in the air

  • 0

    taj

    available in Japan?

    Posted in: Amazon launches unlimited e-book subscription plan

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