Media Mix, Sept. 4, 2011

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, about actress Hisako Manda’s inheritance problems following the death of her common-law husband in June. The piece is a rehash of all the different elements of the story that have come out in the weeklies and on the TV wide shows. At the end I mention something about the anti-progressive nature of Japan’s Civil Code and family law in general. For readers who may want more detail about this aspect of the story, here are several past columns that addressed illegitimacy, inheritance, and associated matters. The thing to remember is that discrimination is built into the law.
Sept. 20, 2009
June 15, 2008
Sept. 24, 2006
Mar. 6, 2011
Sept. 5, 2010
Mar. 14, 2004

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1 Response to Media Mix, Sept. 4, 2011

  1. Miko says:

    It has to be said that Japan is hardly unique in this respect. I’ve just been reading a reader-submissions article in the Guardian about secret weddings, and while most of the stories are quite delightful, I am surprised at the number of respondents who didn’t really want to formally marry their life partners, but felt that they had to for inheritance and tax reasons.

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