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Surrogate baby born in India coming to Japan

In a good demonstration of why the Japanese government doesn’t like surrogate births, a baby conceived of a Japanese father’s sperm and an unidentified donor’s egg and who was born in India in July, has been given a temporary one year visa to enter Japan with the father’s family. The complication comes with the fact… Keep Reading


Europeans back Obama, Asians like McCain

Could Europe be categorized as a U.S. Democratic Party “blue state” and Asia, a Republican Party “red state”? American presidential elections provide a near perfect test to understand the difference between European and Asian worldviews, even if the two continents are far from united internally. If you want America to lead by the power of… Keep Reading


A New Interpretation of Article 9

  I have previously blogged about the Japanese Self Defense Force… It’s 2008 and Japan has the second strongest military force in Asia, continues to spend 1 percent of its GDP on defense, has acquired some pretty neat military toys (and sells a few using a broad interpretation of “aid”), has redeployed newer fighter aircraft… Keep Reading


Permanent JSDF Overseas Deployment Law?

The article below written by CRAIG MARTIN, Special to The Japan Times, was a extreme pleasure to read. Why? Well, I guess you can say that I do not agree with everything. The piece provided a nice break from my research and gives me a chance to pour out the Jim Jones punch and go against… Keep Reading

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