October 21st, 2008

Japan and Law School

Setting: Japan, present day
Googled: Japan law internship, "legal internship" Japan, "legal intership overseas" Japan, Japan law

Currently, I'm working on a fanfiction project where one of the characters is a Japanese girl working to become a lawyer. Unfortunately, Google hasn't turned up much on the subject, so I have a few questions.

1. Where would she go to study during college? She went to a very prestigious high school, so its very probable that she would be able to get into the best Universities available. Would she most likely stay in the country, or are there more opportunities abroad?

2. What are the chances that she would go overseas for an internship?
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Agoraphobia and Mysophobia info

Searched- Yahoo, google *Agoraphobia, Mysophobia.

Setting- Present

I have a character who hasn't left his home in years. At first I was gonna label him as agoraphobic but then I realized he's mysophobic(fear of germs) not agoraphobic(fear of crowds/open spaces). A lot of the websites I've found for mysophobia don't mention the subject being afraid to leave their house.

The problem is I need him to be unable to leave his house.

My question is, is it plausible that a person with mysophobia might not leave his house for years like an agoraphobic?

If not, is there some kind of phobia that's a mixture of the two phobias where he'd be both afraid of germs and afraid to leave his house?

ETA: How could I plausibly confront my characters need for food? I was going to have it so he didn't get visitors except for the guy who delivered his groceries. Would that be plausible or would his phobia extend to him having to get his food himself, which would mean he'd have to leave his house which would totally screw up the plot for my story because for the story to work he can't be able to leave his house.
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Corporal punishment, Japan

I have a character in my latest fanfic who has had some problems with his rather traditional family, which culminated in him running away from home in order to be able to pursue his dreams rather than his father's wishes. After some persuasion by other parties, I have him attempting a reconciliation with his father. However, things don't go so well.

My question is, what level of physical punishment could his father give him before it crosses from 'reasonable corporal punishment' (in the minds of the characters) to assault? What kind of blow would a teenager raised in a fairly strict, traditional Japanese household expect for repeatedly and openly defying his father?

Specifically, I want to know if an open-handed slap to the face would be reasonable? One hard enough to leave a mark several hours later?



Googled 'corporal punishment in Japan', mostly school focused results; looked on the Wiki page for corporal punishment, which says that it is still legal to punish one's own child under Japanese law but not to what extent.
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