The article also delves into the Japanese pension system once more with someone wondering if they can still get a pension if they were to stop making payments right now.
For more, check out:
Can the government change my name? asks 'Madame Spouse' - Japan Times
Also, if you, or anyone you know was curious about re-entry visas and how they apply to folks affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, that has been addressed in the September 13 article (along with a brief explanation about how the new immigration law applies to permanent residents), 3/11: no excuse for skipping your re-entry visa.