May 19th, 2008

Female Police Officers in Japan

Just joined after hours of searching on the net, hope to get a better answer here.

I read a lot of anime/manga fanfiction which is of course set in Japan. Most of the stories are either set in the 1980's (Ranma 1/2 as an example) or set in the future (darn near any mecha story).

What I want to know is, are females finally allowed to be police officers on a par with males in real-life Japan? I know that in You're Under Arrest the female officers are not allowed to be armed with real firearms, and that they sometimes carry supercharged paintgun or airsoft guns. In the manga series Remote the female officer is given a .25 cal hideout handgun by her supervisor once he knows she will be dangerous situations.

Research on wikipedia and other places showed that up until the early 1990's female officers were not armed, had to wear skirts instead of slacks, and were assigned to 'less hazardous' duties like traffic control, juvenile counseling, and office duties. They were not allowed to do kobun patrol after night fall either.

I take it that sooner or later women will achieve technical equality with men on the police force (I'm pretty sure that discrimination and harassment will still continue the way it does in the US and other places). I'm wondering if and when it has take place in real life. I'm not talking about the special tactical units, but I am talking about street patrol, criminal investigations and emergency call response.

Secondary question - how commonplace is it for any police officer to be armed? Is it like in the US where all officers have at least sidearms or like in England where only specially trained response units (not riot police) have weapons, including full auto sub guns? And if possible, what weapons do they carry now? I had heard that up until recently the police carried revolvers from the WWII/American Occupation era, and have barely switched to Glock 19 9mm pistols.

So if possible, please let me know of any information or any sites where I could find it. I already found the books on Google Book Search, which is where I got some of the above info. Thanks again.

Flying + Narcolepsy

When: Modern time (21st Century)
Where: Italy
Google-fu: combinations of narcolepsy, narcoleptic flier, airline protocol, airport protocol, unconscious flier, flying unconscious

Situation: I have a character who needs to be completely unconscious before, during, and after a flight. He is young, has no medical problems, and will be voluntarily knocked out via intravenous injection of sedatives. The drugs will have to be readministered in the middle of the flight, so the people traveling with him will be carrying liquid sedatives, syringes, etc. He is not being "snuck on board" - i.e. he has a ticket, has papers to prove that he is who he is, he is flying voluntarily, etc. He does not have medical papers. The flight is international, non-stop from Point A to Point B, and the character never leaves the plane. The airline he's flying with is Italian, and neither he nor his companions speak Italian.

Questions: What is airport protocol about allowing a completely unconscious person to board a plane? Would they allow him through security/customs if he's unconscious, as long as he has the right papers and someone carries him through those metal detectors or something? Can the other characters he's traveling with just wheel him on board? Would claiming that he's narcoleptic make it less suspicious? Will they let him on the plane if he acknowledges that he's going to be effectively comatose for the entire flight and for a short time afterwards, and if the people he's traveling with take full responsibility for him while he's unconscious (i.e. if the plane drops pressure, they'll put the oxygen mask on him, etc.)?
The character is not sleeping - he will be completely unresponsive during the flight and after, although I can fudge a bit and have him be drowsy/drugged-but-conscious when he first boards the plane. (Is there a chance the security officials would mistake him for being drunk?)

The reason I'm asking is because, to me, it seems really suspicious for a person to be unconscious when they board an airplane or go through security. Even if he is conscious when he first goes through security, he will be unconscious when he arrives at his destination, which will be another country and so he'll have to go through customs. The character cannot go to the hospital, so if the flight attendants are suspicious and call the cops that's counterproductive.

Question answered! Thank you kindly! Looks like my character is going to have to call a cab. :)

Ill British Peers of the Realm Need To Be Treated By Other Peers?

When:Where: Britain.

Searched: Various books. Medical journals. Googled: various permutations of peers, lords, knights, doctors, treatment, 1920s, &c. &c.

Situation: I consider myself rather well versed in British history, but this one threw me for a loop.

While reading on the death of New Zealand physicist Sir Ernest Rutherford, I came across this on wikipedia:

"He was admitted to the Order of Merit in 1925 and in 1931 was created Baron Rutherford of Nelson, of Cambridge in the County of Cambridge, a title which became extinct upon his unexpected death in hospital following an operation for an umbilical hernia(1937). Since he was a Lord, British protocol required that he be operated on by a titled doctor, and the delay cost him his life."

Now, I've never heard of this before. Do any medical experts or historians know more about this curious piece of esoterica I knew nowt about?


"Rutherford died unfortunately in 1937 of a strangulated hernia. Being a Lord, protocol required that he be operated on by a titled doctor. The delay cost him his life."
~ "Rutherford. Scientist Supreme" : J. Campbell, Foreword by M. Oliphant

Street Slang and Its Usage

 Setting: Modern-Day New York
Types of Characters: Gang Members
Plot: Not Important
Searched: Google

I used "speech patterns in street lingo," "speech patterns in street slang" (by which I found The Urban Dictionary...not too helpful), "street slang," "gang slang," "slang" (where I found and an ESL slang page, which is less than helpful), and "ghetto slang" (which took me to and The Online Slang Dictionary).

So I've found all these things with definitions, but I've no idea how to go about the usage. Help?