February 20th, 2011

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Missing persons reports in Japan

A "little" detail indeed, but surprisingly hard to research.

When: Modern day
Where: Tokyo, Japan
Who: Adult Male

My question is this:

In Japan,(specifically Tokyo) how much time must pass after an adult male citizen goes missing, before friends or family can file a missing persons report?

For that matter, can a friend, acquaintance, employer, etc, file a missing persons report? Or can only those related to person in question file a report?

I've searched the archives here and done a few hours googling, but I've had no luck. Internet searches mainly return result on the recent rash of missing elderly in Japan.

Searches tried: Japan missing person, Japan missing persons report, Japan missing persons report time, japan missing person laws, Japan missing adult
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The treatment, placement and care of terminally ill prisoners in Texas prisons

Attempted search terms: "Terminally ill prisoners", "Dying prisoners", "Medical treatment of prisoners", "Texas prisons" "Stiles Prison". I searched, yahoo, google and wikipedia. 

Setting(When): Now

Setting(Where): Texas

I've got a guy in jail, sentenced to life for murder. He is misdiagnosed with cancer and given less than 6 mons to live. According to what I have found on Texas law he wouldn't be eligible for compassionate release.

1) I originally had him in Stiles maximum security prison because the murder he committed was in Houston but the info I have found on this prisons say there is an infirmary and chronic care center but no hospice. Would he be transferred to another prison that had a hospice or would they care for him in the prison he's already in? 

2) If transferred what prison would he likely end up in?

3) He was misdiagnosed but he doesn't know that and upon learning of his diagnosis began feel ill,loose weight, everything that comes with that diagnosis.  If he suddenly began showing signs of improvement what would happen to him? Would he just be sent back to his regular cell?

4) I'm also confused about prison hospices in general. Are they usually just a wing in the prison or they in a whole separate building? Are there cells there, are the prisoners kept handcuffed to their beds, or are they not restrained in any way?

ETA: 5) Besides doctors, nurses and visiting family, who else would have access to him?

         6) From the info I've found it looks like trustees(other prisoners allowed to join a work team) usually handle the janitorial services. Would a trustee be allowed to mop, change bedding ect in a prison hospice? With the ill prisoner in the room? Or would they only be allowed to come in at certain times when the ill person was scheduled to be out?
I can't think of any other info I need but if you do please let me know.
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Language Barrier -- English to Cantonese

Time Period:  The story takes place about 500 years into the future -- the character is a good 3000 years out-of-time, however, and the other characters he interacts with speak English and pidgin Mandarin (yes, we're in the Firefly 'Verse) and I need him to be speaking a language that one of the characters will be able to recognize but not understand -- I figured that for this, Cantonese would work and I could just say that he's speaking an unfamiliar dialect.

The problem is, he has dialogue and I want it to be the genuine article.

Setting:  Future society that's American/European merged with Mainland China

Attempted search terms:  "where am I?" english to cantonese, english to cantonese dictionary (this gave me a few good terms, but I couldn't find a translation for words like "am" and "I"), cantonese dictionary, cantonese translation, english to cantonese translation, the tags on this community, wikipedia search for "cantonese phrases" that turned up blank, wikipedia search for "cantonese" that gave me the history of the language and westernization...

What I'm looking for:  All I really need is "Hello," "Where am I?  Who are you?" and "I don't understand."  If someone by magic had those terms in, say, an old dialect of Cantonese, I would love you forever, but general Cantonese will work for these purposes.  Preferably in the Jyutping (Pinyin?) because my word processor doesn't support Chinese characters.