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In-out distinction raises linguistic issues for Japan's long-term 'inside outsiders' — The worst thing I have ever been called in Japanese is ノンジャパ ( non-Japa). Admin people at a university I attended long ago used it to refer to the foreign students. I have never been fond of the English term "non-Japanese," either: Who wants to be defined in terms of what they aren't?

Two years after Japan signed Hague, children have been returned but old issues remain — 'What brand of Champagne did you drink?" The lawyer delivered the question with a dramatic flourish, and I suppose it was a reasonable question to ask, even if rhetorically. I was being cross-examined as an expert witness in a child custody-related trial in a Western courtroom.

Lessons in history and bureaucracy lurk within Japan's geographical layer cake — Here's a test of your Japan knowledge: What's the nation's capital city? Trick question. The correct answer is: It doesn't have a capital city.

Making an impression in Japan: a hanko primer — An important skill for lawyers is the ability to ignore your own children. As a seasoned professional who works from home a lot, I have developed industrial-grade static filters that block out whatever noise happens to be emanating from the rubble-strewn Progeny Sector of the house.

What's in a surname? A court divorced from reality — Here at Law of the Land, I try to share "the Japanese law experience" with general readers. Today's experience is called "The Frustration of Reading Supreme Court Decisions" and takes as examples two of the most significant decisions of 2015: one on a law requiring spouses to have the same surname, the other addressing a six-month prohibition on remarriage after marital dissolution that only applies to women.

Words about sentences: the Japanese vocab of crime and punishment — Indefinite imprisonment may sound much like a life sentence (or what happens at Gitmo), and officially, it is. Sort of. But there is an important difference: hope. Even murderers sentenced to indefinite terms can aspire to 仮釈放 ( kari shakuhō, parole), if they can be repentant model prisoners for two or three decades.

Rhyl Life: THE MONORAIL — THIS IS THE BLOG OF COLIN JONES, RHYL TOWN COUNCILLOR: BODFOR WARDlThe opinions expressed in this blog are entirely my own and not the views of the town council.l This is the Monorail that appeared in August 1980 about 15 feet in the air on specially constructed pillars along 600 yards of central promenade.

Royal teeth and smiles — Much of the comment on the official photographic portrait of the Queen released in April this year to celebrate her 88th birthday focussed on her celebrity photographer, David Bailey, who seemed to have 'infiltrated' (his word) the bosom of the establishment.

Where's the justice? In Japan's legal terminology, it's almost nowhere to be seen — 'Where's the justice?!" That's the common refrain of people who lose in court. In Japan, the answer may be "nowhere," at least as far as terminology goes. The Japanese word for "justice," seigi (正義), is rarely used as a legal term the way it is in the West.

Remembering World War II in Asia: Dishonest Visions of History? — From the moment World War II ended, its legacy posed urgent questions to those who survived it. The brutality of the preceding years cast doubt on fundamental assumptions about politics, progress, and human nature. What misapprehensions-what unacknowledged evils-inhered in our societies, our sciences, and ourselves?
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