Saturday, May 3, 2008

Kenpo kinenbi (Constitution Day)

A national holiday remembering the new constitution put into place in 1947. This day is part of Golden week. The new constitution was promulgated on November 3, 1946, and came into effect on May 3, 1947. The current Japanese Constitution was based off of a draft presented by U.S. General Douglas MacArthur at the close of World War II. The Japanese constitution is a point of pride for the citizens of Japan. The Japanese Constitution can be read in English at this website:

Since I talk about Ranma a lot on this blog I'm going to point out the part that Ranma would find the most useful.

Article 24:

Marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes and it shall be maintained through mutual cooperation with the equal rights of husband and wife as a basis. 2) With regard to choice of spouse, property rights, inheritance, choice of domicile, divorce and other matters pertaining to marriage and the family, laws shall be enacted from the standpoint of individual dignity and the essential equality of the sexes.
This basically means that Ranma can not legally be forced to marry anyone by Japanese law. Of course most of the Ranma cast don't care about the law in the first place or don't care about Japanese law. Of course Ranma is still honor bound to marry a Tendo and Ukyo, and it's Shampoo's people's laws not Japanese laws that bounds her to him. Remember what is honorable is not always legal and what is legal is not always honorable.

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