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Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004

LIFELINES

Legal help, lucky Jim, and trauma


Legal advice

An addendum to Lifelines of Aug. 30.

With reference to the query from a reader with a Japanese husband wanting to find a Scottish lawyer to make a will, another foreign spouse seems to remember that the Association of Foreign Wives held a seminar on the subject of legal advice (also divorce) about 15 years ago.

"The rules appear less clear here, with something called 'legally assured portions' crawling around.

"For example, if a wife has a legally assured portion that she will inherit, a disgruntled husband cannot cut her out."

Name Withheld suggests the couple contact the Tokyo Bar Association, which holds weekly session in English, Japanese of course, and other languages on request.

The charge is minimal to none at all if the client is unable to pay. Call (03) 3581-1511 between 1-3 p.m. to make an appointment.

Also, check the Web site for FWLA (the Foreign Women Lawyer's Association) at www2.gol/users/fwla

You never know; one of them may well be Scottish or they may have a Scottish male colleague with some experience of where there's a will there's a way.

Yes to Noh

Jim is coming to Tokyo on business from California in early October and bringing his wife along for the ride.

They share a yen to see Noh, and wonder if Lifelines knows of any performances that will take place around that time.

Lucky Jim!

Famed Noh actor Naohiko Umewaka will perform two Noh plays next month -- one contemporary, the other traditional -- at Shizuoka University of Art and Culture.

And both performances finish in plenty of time for Jim and his wife to catch the train back to Tokyo.

In "Italian Restaurant" (Oct. 6, from 7 p.m.) he transplants the complexity of traditional Noh theater into a modern setting, with dream and illusion crossing over.

If you prefer the real thing, he will perform in a "tagaki" (torchlight) performance of "Kantan On" on Oct. 7 from 6 p.m.

For details, check the Web site www.suac.ac.jp and/or call (053) 457-0054 (from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.).

Trauma relief fund

This is an urgent appeal for donations to the Ossetian Trauma Relief Project.

As a result of the Ossetian school massacre in early September, hundreds of children and their families are now suffering from severe trauma.

Azzah is an Ossetian-Russian-Australian therapist currently in Japan who specializes in treating emotional trauma. She has over 20 years experience in this line of work.

She is appealing for donations through private agencies and individuals to finance her journey to her native Ossetia, where she will provide psychological counseling to the children and adult survivors and to their families.

Her journey will be recorded and photographed and all supporters of this project will be sent e-mail reports on the project's progress.

Please send all inquiries to azzahproject@yahoo.com

Please send any donations to the following bank account: CITIBANK Shinsaibashi Aza Manukow 0359 8306

Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Writers group

D.B. is asking how to get in touch with the Society of Writers, Editors and Translators (more commonly known as SWET).

Get contact details -- and more -- by checking out SWET 2004 Events at www.swet.jp/events/

If you have any event suggestions or would like to contact the group directly, you can send them on to events@swet.jp

Send your queries, questions, problems and posers to: lifelines@japantimes.co.jp


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