Because this is an “International” blog, we need to talk about one of the most important aspects of international business – travel.
And as you know, we are in the thick of the travel season. So it only makes sense to A) take stock of the best way to navigate the unpleasantness of flying, and B) to learn from the mistakes of others (me).
Japanese Emperor Akihito, who is 82 and reportedly in failing health, gave a rare speech this Monday that suggested much more than what he actually said. Emperor Akihito has served in the symbolic position for 27 years and has battled various health issues, including cancer. During his speech, he expressed doubt that he would be able to continue fulfilling the duties of the emperor as he ages, but refrained from suggesting that he may leave the Chrysanthemum Throne. So why can’t he just abdicate? The answer is a unique interaction between the terms of Japan’s constitution and its post-war history. After Japan surrendered to the Allies in August 1945, the Emperor’s father, Emperor Hirohito, renounced his divine status and agreed to a new constitution that removed all political power from the Chrysanthemum Throne and required that an emperor serve until death. These changes to the authority of the emperor were extraordinary given the impressive power Emperor Hirohito had wielded prior to and during World War II. But Emperor Hirohito took seriously the new ceremonial role, and Emperor Akihito has strictly followed that post-war tradition. Today, Japan’s constitution binds Emperor Akihito to serve until death, but any suggestion that parliament should change the constitution could violate the Emperor’s careful avoidance of interference in the political affairs of Japan. And so, Emperor Akihito hinted as strongly as possible in his speech that he would like to abdicate after his long years of service. The next move belongs to parliament.
It may be surprising, but moving to the U.S. with your foreign-citizen spouse is not as simple as you might imagine. If you are a U.S. citizen working abroad and considering moving back to the U.S. with your foreign-citizen spouse and/or children, it is never too early to begin planning for return to the U.S.
If you are living outside the U.S. and have a foreign-born spouse and/or children, it may have been quick and easy for them to travel to the U.S. on holiday. But moving back to the U.S. is an entirely different story, requiring government filings and significant lead time of as much as a year or even more.
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