We are now starting to look at all the many details that will go into our move to Japan that is happening later this fall. It's amazing all the things there are to consider and make decisions about. Things that are taken for granted cannot be taken for granted--and one of those things we found quite by accident.
Recently The Professor was perusing the Internet when he came across an article about a Toyota executive who had recently relocated to Japan from America to work for the company. The reason this story caught his eye was the fact that she was currently sitting in a Japanese jail shortly after arriving in the country. Her crime? She had sent herself a pack filled with doctor-prescribed percocet to her hotel room. Apparently, she took them for a bad back or something. Also, apparently, Japan does not honor American Doctor-issued prescriptions for what they determine narcotics. The Japanese believe we are a highly medicated society and they don't buy it--and will not recognize those prescriptions.
Now I won't argue the highly medicated part--but come on! The list of meds that will get you thrown in jail even consists of OTC allergy medicines including SUDAFED! OMG. If we had not come across that article, I could have found myself in a Japanese jail clutching my empty bottle of Allegra looking at severe jail time. I had no idea!
Will I spend my time in Japan sick and coughing the whole time? I need my Allegra and my Sudafed to stay healthy...and apparently highly medicated.