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    SUCCESS STORIES: Article on Divorce in Japan

    Posted by arudou debito on 20th June 2006

    The author does not wish to give the impression that divorce is any more likely if the spouse is a Japanese. “Any marriage,” my lawyer sources dryly indicate, “is a gamble.” However, what raises the stakes of the transaction is the fact that Japan has weak-to-nonexistent recourse to prevent potential abuses. According to Colin P.A. Jones J.D., Associate Professor at Doshisha University Law School, the system is geared to support the distaff side of the divorce. The woman, as wife and mother, is given overwhelming priority in divorce cases, as opposed to viewing each divorce on a case-by-case basis (spawning a cottage industry of guidebooks on wringing the most out of your man). Yes, weak-to-nonexistent enforcement of laws and court rulings mean that men in the Japanese system (as compared to, for example, the American) do not stand to lose enormously financially. They will, however, lose their children.

    Excerpted and adapted from our upcoming book, “Guidebook for Newcomers: Setting Down Roots in Japan” (working title), to be published in early 2007. I’d like to say “enjoy” as usual, but it’s not that kind of topic. Be advised, however, that the information within is very important to those hoping to stay and and create firmer roots in Japan. Because if a marriage with a Japanese goes sour, the system is not designed to protect both parents, and you as a foreigner could really lose big. FYI. Arudou Debito in Sapporo.

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JUNE 17, 2006

    Posted by arudou debito on 17th June 2006

    1) “DANGER! HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION LAW” MANGA TRANSLATED
    2) “ILLEGAL FOREIGN LABOR MONTH” SIGNS UP AGAIN IN SHINAGAWA STN
    3) TOKYO PRESS CONF JUNE 22: HAMAMATSU MAYOR KITAWAKI
    4) JT ON REINSTITUTION OF FINGERPRINTING, AND RESPONSE
    5) KOFI ANNAN ON JAPAN’S NEW IMMIGRATION LAW
    6) KOFI ANNAN ON MIGRANTS
    7) JOHN EDWARD PHILIPS ON ACADEMIA AND MONOCULTURALISM IN JAPAN

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