Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Decision Has Been Made

I have been watching this case with concern.

Although public opinion tends to support the family in the light of their situation, from my very personal point of view, the decision made by the Immigration Bureau is quite natural.
In the first place the parents entered Japan illegally. No matter how long they have lived in Japan, no matter what hard workers they have been, once illegal entry is found, I think they should be deported.

The most concerned issue in this case is about their daughter. She was born and raised in Japan, influenced a lot by Japanese culture. She doesn't even speak her mother tongue. She must face a lot of difficulties if she goes back to the Philippines. The authorities are very considerate to let her stay in Japan as a special case. I think it's very reasonable from a humanitarian standpoint. It's not good for the family to be away from each other. However the daughter is in her mid-teen, not a baby and her aunt, who married to Japanese, will take care of her.

Law is Law. One exception leads another then another.
Of course I feel sorry for them but the decision is the best and reasonable under the current law.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


I was drawn to this movie because it was a true story. A true story is always very convincing. Another reason I picked it up, after having been away from American movies for a while, was that Clint Eastwood directed it.

As expected the movie was just wonderful. No wonder it was nominated for Academy Award.

Last month Angelina Jolie came to Japan, with Brad Pitt and their 6 children, for the movie promotion and had a press conference in Tokyo. I saw her interview on the internet last night and was very impressed with her strong affection toward her family. Needless to say, she must have imagined if it had happened to her children and naturally used this imagination to build up the role. Slow but decisive tone, straightened back and red rouge express her strong desire to get her son back. 20's costume was successful for creating the mother's character, too.

In the interview she mentioned the Japanese abductees kidnapped by North Korea in the 70s and 80s. She said she had learned the fact recently. The families of those abductees have been fighting against the authoritarian state for an excessive amount of time simply to get their beloved ones back just like Christine Collins, the heroine in the movie.

Clint Eastwood nowadays is known as a director rather than an actor. After having been away from the screen for a while, he came back and played the leading role in his latest movie "Gran Trino." I saw the preview at a theater. I would like to see it, too.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

March 3 is the Dolls' (or Girls') Festival and my hubby's birthday.
We celebrated both over a bit luxurious lunch.
Our daughter took her boyfriend and I made a cake-like Sushi
for the first time. Most difficult part of it was turning the round cake pan
to take the Sushi out. Anyway it turned out to be much more beautiful
than I expected.

My hubby is now 52 years old.
When I first met him, he was 20, so young and so immature...
Looking back to the old days, I realize how far we have come along together.