The Father-Daughter Plot: Japanese Literary Women and the Law of the Father

“(any good yarns?) he would ask, putting his legs under the lowkotatsuand lighting up the first of many Mild Seven cigarettes. He was especially interested in what was happening in Northern Ireland though rarely in my version of it, slowly spooled out in choppy Japanese. He laughed often when watching the news on NHK, Japan’s conservative public service broadcaster.“Chigau na,” (that’s wrong),he would chuckle. He was bemused, too, by conservative attempts to whitewash Japan’s war, which as a former crew member of the Imperial Japanese Navy, he had cause to remember. He said the argument that Japan was ‘liberating’ Asia, perpetrated by the right, was “stupid”, recalling how on his wartime visits to Java (president-day Indonesia) the locals were “terrified” of Japanese military uniforms and bowed low to avoid giving offense.

Japan is now the only country that legally requires married couples to take the same surname. The law is a holdover from a bygone era when the husband was the sole provider and the head of the household. It is poorly suited to a society striving for gender equality, in which two-earner families and joint responsibility for child rearing have become the norm. Some women in this situation choose not to register their child’s birth at all, effectively denying the child the normal rights of Japanese citizenship. Living as an ‘unregistered’ person, as an estimated 10,000 children are, makes it impossible to access basic state services such as education or a driver’s license.

Because of the current structures of family law, survivors of domestic violence who become pregnant are forced to choose between a dangerous reconnection with their abuser or denying their child basic rights. For this reason, survivors of domestic violence might leave a marriage but never gay lussac’s law graph seek a legal divorce. If a woman later starts a new relationship and becomes pregnant, as soon as the child’s birth is registered her abusive husband is presumed to be the father. Although a genetic paternity test would correct this mistake, Japanese courts are unlikely to rely on them.

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The son-in-law received the granary and storehouse ; his father-in-law got the three barns and a small sauna.

If he loves gardening, ask him if you can help and try to make him teach you something too. You should not just involve your mother-in-law, your father-in-law is also important. Whenever you talk to your father-in-law, be open but keep a filter steady. If you think your religious and political views differ a lot, try not to enter that territory.

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