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Posted in: Law making it illegal to download pirated music, videos goes into effect See in context

Does anyone have a take on whether the Japanese authorities are mainly interested in Japanese content? I often read about this new law in context with the losses of the Japanese music industry. Prosecuting a Japanese downloader over Japanese content is one thing, one might suppose. Prosecuting the same person over non-Japanese content might be another.

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Posted in: American man accused of grabbing own kids released See in context

There is often talk of walking in Chris's shoes. As an American in Japan with a Japanese wife and kids, I walk in their shoes. In an alternative universe where my marriage went south, here is how it would play out:

What is best for the kids? What is best for their mother? What is best for me?

The kids are the center of my universe. Their mother is the center of their universe. Well, at their age they are in the center along with their mother. My needs would come last. If, for example, providing for the kids meant moving the US, then that would have to be carefully examined. The move would be because it was in the best interest for everybody. I could not just up and move to the US solely because I wanted to. And believe me, sometimes that is exactly what I want to do.

A few posts here have claimed that Noriko moved to the US specifically to get money and with the full intention of returning to Japan. While we are free to speculate, I can't connect those dots. I've been looking for clues to Noriko's character, but of all the players here we know she is the silent one.

Anyway, when I put myself in Christopher's shoes, I walk a completely different mile.

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