Right before Sir Walter Raleigh had his head lopped off, he asked the axe-man to see the blade of the very weapon that was about to end his life. Reportedly, he had as his last words, “This is a sharp Medicine, but it is a Physician for all Diseases.”
Japan’s Takakito Usui probably doesn’t see what’s funny in Sir Walter’s typically understated British humor, but he better get use to it.
You see, Usui has taken advantage of the Japanese government’s largesse in heavily subsidizing his/her/whatever’s sex change operation, but Usui’s still not too fond of the prerequisite that sterilization is definitely on the to-do list.
As repoted by CNSNews.com;
Japan’s Supreme Court ruled to uphold existing law that transgender persons who want their gender legally changed on official documents must be sterilized in order to prevent “problems” in parent-child relationships and protect society from “confusion” and “abrupt changes.”
As SBS News reported, Law 111, enacted in 2004, stipulates that “any individual wishing to change their documents” must have “no reproductive glands” or at least have “reproductive glands that have permanently lost function,” i.e., no testes or ovaries.
The law also “requires the person to have ‘a body which appears to have parts that resemble the genital organs of those of the opposite gender,'” reported SBS.
The challenge to Law 111 was brought by Takakito Usui, a transgender man — a female impersonating a male — who wants his documents to legally identify him as male.
Sex-change surgery is subsidized through public insurance in Japan; patients must pay up to 30 percent of the costs, according to Japan Times.