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Inheritance & Wills in Japan

But when you come from a dual-culture, or when you are a foreigner living in Japan, your troubles are exponential. Especially when you realize that heirlooms and other possessions (that were destined for you) have somehow been usurped. It only adds insult to injury and irreparably destroys family ties that, in effect, were already broken when you learned about the nefarious actions of your relatives.

Japan Removed from Hague Convention Blacklist Despite Rampant Violations

Japan Removed from Hague Convention Blacklist Despite Rampant Violations

In an annual report released last week, the U.S. State Department removed Japan from its list of countries deemed non-compliant with the Hague Convention on cross-border parental child abduction. Even though Japan was removed from this Blacklist, child kidnappings in this country still remain rampant.

The Hague Conventions refer to a large number of International Laws, but one Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction was created to return absconded children to their home of origin.

End of War

End of War

Maybe because I grew-up on this tortured tropical island, the reminder today of the 70th anniversary of the fall of Okinawa to US forces jumped-out at me like a punch. This 90-day battle was epic even among truly epic battles elsewhere in the three WWII theatres (Pacific, Europe, Africa).  Ninety-days!  What this could have possibly …

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Recognition

Recognition

One of the coolest things that ever happened to me occurred in high school just after I moved to Atlanta in 1969.  I haven’t spoke of it until now, even among friends, because it always seemed so self-aggrandizing… still, it is admittedly a pretty cool thing to befall someone: This was after spending my formative …

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