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  •  My wife is from Japan (11+ / 0-)

    and when we married, she was really looking forward to becoming an American citizen.  Economics forced us back to Japan for six years, so we're starting over with her green card.  Her English has gotten a lot better in our time together and now she regularly watches Jon Stewart and really gets that there's something that's gone horribly wrong in the USA. We've decided that she'll keep her Japanese citizenship, because it's easy for me to go there on a spouse visa if we need to.  Japan is far from ideal, too (unholy union of government and industry, the Fukushima boo-boo, a government full of teabaggers (call them green teabaggers) who are trying hard to rewrite history (Japan liberated Asia in WWII, the U.S. tricked us into attacking Pearl Harbor for their own nefarious purposes, "comfort women" are a myth), but it's an option, and one we've used to survive until now.  We decided not to have children, mainly due to the problems you outlined (we're more chicken than you are, pajoly).  You are indeed a wonderful father, and your children sound like a chip off the ol' block.  Good luck to them, and to all of us.

    Odds and ends about life in Japan: 1971wolfie.wordpress.com

    by Hatrax on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 04:21:25 PM PST

    •  Thank you. It was amazing to read... (7+ / 0-)

      ...you went back to japan for economic reasons. I'd always thought Japan was crazy expensive.

      I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

      by pajoly on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 04:31:52 PM PST

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      •  It depends on where you live (7+ / 0-)

        We're waaaay out in the country, where rents are no worse than the USA and fruits and veggies are cheap (for Japan).  Gasoline is $6.50 a gallon, but you can get smaller cars (660cc engines) that get 60 mpg (and used cars are cheap here, too).  The biggie, though, is the fact that Japan has national health insurance.  My wife had a procedure done in the USA and had the same procedure done in Japan.  In Japan, it cost us $120.  In the USA, it cost $6000 and got her kicked off her (admittedly crappy) healthcare policy.  So even though cost of living is higher, and taxes are higher, and food and fuel and utilities are more expensive, it actually evens out pretty well.  Oh, and my company here gives me sick days and paid vacation time... all of this explains why we came for two years and stayed for six.  

        Odds and ends about life in Japan: 1971wolfie.wordpress.com

        by Hatrax on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 04:21:55 AM PST

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        •  ...and thus the rise of dystopian phrase: (6+ / 0-)

          Medical Tourism

          This is a polyanna capitalist way of saying our health system is so fucked up that people are no willing to travel 1/2 way around the world to have common medical surgeries. Thailand, Costa Rica, etc.

          One can have a heart bypass in Thailand, preceded or followed by 2 weeks relaxing in country for far less than the procedure costs in the U.S. -- potentially EVEN with "insurance."

          THAT is the measure of how twisted and vulgar our h(w)ealth system has become.

          I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

          by pajoly on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 06:00:06 AM PST

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