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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Would you like to have children?


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Satoko Woolala
Graphic designer, 39
Even if I were heterosexual, I wouldn't want to have children. Japanese law only takes care of heterosexual families. Same-sex partners can make private contracts, but don't both have legal rights to their children.

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Olivia Moss
Legal translator, 3130
I want to have kids, but I don't think Japan is a good place for lesbians to have kids right now. I think kids need a secure environment, but in this society it would be hard for them to be accepted, especially without financial or legal support.

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Kim Hughes
Translator, 34
I think I want kids, but I would have to do more research. If I got together with like-minded people, I might have children here. I'd feel comfortable having a kid here because I could probably find good support systems.

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Motoko Nakahigashi
Bartender, 45
I do want kids but it's too late. I think Japan both is and isn't a good place for lesbians to have kids. It is because we don't have many strict homophobic religions. It isn't because people here aren't used to lesbians yet.

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Joy Fajardo
Teacher, 25
I want a family but I don't think I'd want one in Japan. Being Asian-American and a lesbian, I know what prejudices exist. Japanese law is not on the non-Japanese, let alone the lesbian side. It's not a challenge I'd be willing to take on.

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Laurie Walters
Translator, 32
I haven't decided if I want to have kids, but I'm kind of leaning toward it. If I were going to do it, I wouldn't mind doing it in Japan. I don't think it's the country that matters, but the people. Beautiful people have beautiful kids.



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