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Good to know that Japanese Sake will be cheaper!

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"Increasing minimum wage between 1 and 3 Yen, in steps"

That was hilarious. Perfectly reflects how progress in Japan is painfully slow.

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My NHK fee remains at 0

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Of Japan's 47 prefectures, 40 -- not including Hokkaido, Tokyo, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi -- will raise minimum wages by between 1 yen and 3 yen, in steps.

Royally extracting the urine.

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will raise minimum wages by between 1 yen and 3 yen, in steps

Gamechanger.  The rise of the poor begins.  Comeback in 2050 for stage two.

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Sin taxes are evil.

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Hilarious, maintaining the the status quo without really changing anything to any degree. Hilariously funny if you don't actually live under their bizarre rules.

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The minimum wage in Japan is a disgrace for a top economy in the world and the “ increases” a shameful pittance.

and will the EU now realise they have been had again in their “ free” trade agreement ?

a double protectionist decision, increasing the price of wine( nearly all foreign) and decreasing the price of sake at the same time.

and I wonder and doubt very much the consumer will see any real price decreases while the increases we will surely see

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Of Japan's 47 prefectures, 40 -- not including Hokkaido, Tokyo, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi -- will raise minimum wages by between 1 yen and 3 yen, in steps.

There's wages hike but itemss hike are more, new administration first move.

The tax for what is known in the country as "third-category beers" will rise 9.8 yen per 350 milliliters and that for wine will be 7.5 yen higher for a regular-sized bottle.

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The tax for what is known in the country as "third-category beers"

Also know as “wife beater” beers.

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Of Japan's 47 prefectures, 40 -- not including Hokkaido, Tokyo, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi -- will raise minimum wages by between 1 yen and 3 yen, in steps.

Oh wow, its a good thing they are bringing in those wage hikes in steps, I’d hate to think what would happen to businesses if they had to shoulder that 1 to 3 Yen rise all at once.

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The tax for ... wine will be 7.5 yen higher for a regular-sized bottle.

Because most wine is imported, isn’t this 7.5 yen increase actually an indirect tariff that the 2019 trade deals with the U.S. and EU were intended to remove?

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great time to raise prices, Japan!

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So, let me see if I have this right: someone on minimum wage would have to an entire day on the higher rates to by their can of hapo-shu at the end of their shift.

Slow. Clap.

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"The minimum wage in Japan is a disgrace for a top economy in the world and the “ increases” a shameful pittance."

Do some of you think; undertake any kind of research prior to typing?!

UK data:

April 2020 (current rate)

Age 25 and over: £8.72

Age 21 to 24: £8.20

Age 18 t0 20: £6.45

Under 18: £4.55

Apprentice: £4.15

"https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates"

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Of Japan's 47 prefectures, 40 -- not including Hokkaido, Tokyo, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi -- will raise minimum wages by between 1 yen and 3 yen, in steps.

LOL. I believe it is per hour rate, right. So a person who works 40 hrs per week will get between 40 yen and 120 yen more. It also says it will be done in steps. So that means first is 1 yen more, then is any 1 yen more etc. I think a store clerk in Japan usually gets around 1000 yen per hour. This means between 0.1% and 0.3% pay rise. Seriously this looks more like an insult than bonus to me.

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Hapo-shu only exists because of already ridiculous tax laws. Now let's call this what it is: they are raising taxes on the poor and lowering them for richer people who can afford to buy proper beer. Perhaps they could find other things that poor people consume, and tax those more as well. How about tobacco? Oh, I forgot, the government owns the tobacco companies - they make more money that way.

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will raise minimum wages by between 1 yen and 3 yen, in steps.

After 8 hours of work, that raise won't even get me an item from the ¥100 shop.

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will raise minimum wages by between 1 yen and 3 yen, in steps.

How utterly insulting this is to low income workers. Where are the street demos?

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Among changes in the welfare and health care sectors, people aged 65 or older will be eligible for priority vaccination against influenza, while rotavirus vaccination will basically be free for infants born in and after August.

In the middle of not so positive economic changes at least something good is being done, It seems that at least the person advising on health matters is not as lost as in some previous administrations. Even if Japan has not such terrible troubles with rotavirus as in developing countries it is still an important disease for children under 5, it made no sense to have a well tested effective and safe vaccine that was not being included free in the schedule.

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""Of Japan's 47 prefectures, 40 -- not including Hokkaido, Tokyo, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi -- will raise minimum wages by between 1 yen and 3 yen, in steps.""

That is roughly 1/2 of the work force in Japan excluded, but then the rest will only get 1 to 3 yen which is about 320 yen per month.

Now That is an increase alright. Most people workers won't even bother looking at it.

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Increasing minimum wage between 1 and 3 Yen, in steps"

That was hilarious. Perfectly reflects how progress in Japan is painfully slow.

That really was hilarious.

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Like kei cars, happoshu and third-whatever beer are Galapagos products specifically designed to bypass bizarre tax rules.

In an advanced country like Japan, the government should not incentivize low-quality products. Japan's international competitiveness relies on high quality.

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Most of you are talking about the minimum wage increase, but I was wondering about this.

On the other hand, unemployment allowances granted to people who leave jobs for personal reasons will be disbursed after two months rather than three, which the government says will help create a job market that makes it easier for people to switch careers

What the heck does that even mean? Just how does decreasing unemployment benefits by a month improve career changes, especially in this pandemic??

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So a regular can of beer will be ¥7 cheaper from today? Woohoo! Finaly some good news. The more you drink, the more you save!

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1 to 3 yen increase..............meanwhile how much do the overlordds in Kasumigaseki that decide on these insulting " minimum wage increses " collect in their salary, allowances and bonuses? Bet their pay rise this year does no tconsist of " 1 to 3 yean per hour" in stages. Shameless.

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Sake is cheaper. If other adjustments are annoying, go to step 1.
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Prices keep going up, people aren't making more aside from 1 yen or whatever and the same dumb clowns keep getting voted into office. Where's the anger? Revolution?

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Lorem ipsumToday  08:58 am JST

Most of you are talking about the minimum wage increase, but I was wondering about this.

On the other hand, unemployment allowances granted to people who leave jobs for personal reasons will be disbursed after two months rather than three, which the government says will help create a job market that makes it easier for people to switch careers

What the heck does that even mean? Just how does decreasing unemployment benefits by a month improve career changes, especially in this pandemic??

It doesn't mean what you think it means. It simply says that if you leave your job for "personal reasons" then you can claim unemployment benefit after two months instead of three.

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"Of Japan's 47 prefectures, 40 -- not including Hokkaido, Tokyo, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi -- will raise minimum wages by between 1 yen and 3 yen, in steps."

Thanks PM Abe! Without your tireless efforts to bring the Olympics to Tokyo and create a "beautiful Japan" we wouldn't be able to enjoy this bounty today!

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People are correct that happoshu garbage was invented because of high taxes, BUT the real reason it was invented is because Japan's economy was turning to crap in the mid-late 90s & poor folks were having a hard time getting wasted, so companies came up with happoshu.

Its invention really marks a point where Japans dive steepened & we are still on that decline today & appears to worse more than better reading this damned article!

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Who the heck pays for NHK?

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Shinzo thought he’d leave before his going away present dropped. They really miss a trick by not taxing smokers more. It’s a smokers paradise here, with very few limitations on where they can smoke. If you go to a kids playground you’ll always find them there being inconsiderate to parents with their kids..

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As a non-drinker who drinks non-alcoholic beer, I’m disappointed by the price hike in haposhu (which covers non-alcoholic beer).

They should be encouraging people to drink non alcoholic beer, not making it more expensive. 

It might help stop drink-driving, domestic abuse, public disorder, people vomiting in train stations etc.

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As a non-drinker who drinks non-alcoholic beer, I’m disappointed by the price hike in haposhu (which covers non-alcoholic beer).

I noticed the price difference this morning. I am also newly converted non-alchol beer drinker. The taste has just gotten so much better.

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raise minimum wages by between 1 yen and 3 yen, in steps.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-27/geneva-voters-agree-to-25-minimum-hourly-wage

Geneva Voters Agree to $25 Minimum Hourly Wage

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Of Japan's 47 prefectures, 40 -- not including Hokkaido, Tokyo, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi -- will raise minimum wages by between 1 yen and 3 yen, in steps.

Sad and disgusting in equal measures.

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@Pukey2 "Geneva Voters Agree to $25 Minimum Hourly Wage"

That's considered "high salary" in Japan.

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Minimum wage rises between 1 to 3 yen. That is just taking the piss.

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One should be maximum taxed if so stupid to work for those slavery wages. They bring the economy down while working for nothing, because all other wages converge to that minimum in the long run. That’s why there is deflation, negative money rates, closing companies and department stores etc. Triple the wages, double the prices, make the economy more autark, create a healthy bubble renaissance. That is the only way it will work.

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Does anyone commenting here earn the minimum wage?

I'm wondering how many people in Japan it effects.

I guess foreign students working in convenience stores might be on the minimum wage (?)

What is it - like 500,000 people or something in that ball park? Or 5,000,000?

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"The tax for what is known in the country as "third-category beers" will rise 9.8 yen per 350 milliliters and that for wine will be 7.5 yen higher for a regular-sized bottle.

But normal beer of the same quantity will be taxed 7 yen less and Japanese sake, which is typically sold in 1.8 liter-bottles, will be 18 yen cheaper."

This is ridiculous and absurd rolled into one. Just might as well buy the good stuff. Then even more absurd is the reduction for the low income in their electronic assistance. Instead remove the 10% tax on water, gas and electronic across the board, except the charges for hotel stays. That makes more sense for the common tax payers across Japan. The utilities are basic needs and should not be taxed at all.

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I think a store clerk in Japan usually gets around 1000 yen per hour. This means between 0.1% and 0.3% pay rise.

Actually, I do not.

If 1,000 per hour is above the minimum wage as it is, then they will not get any increase at all.

The minimum wage refers to the absolute minimum wage that is allowed to be paid, it doesn't affect those who make 10 yen more than the minimum wage.

This is my understanding, am I wrong?

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More taxes for an already overtaxed population. How wonderful!

And, an increase in the minimum wage that will result in increased prices to compensate.

Let’s not forget the new PM already has plans to increase sales tax again.

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Hmm, someone on the minimum wage will get a few more yen, and their beer will cost a few yen less, so it's not all bad.

Anyway, either:

1 taxes go up

2 or public spending must be slashed

3 or a combination of the two

4 or else one believes in MMT Mickey Mouse Theory).

I'm all for less public spending myself, but it does mean that in general people need to pay more for themselves, so that the taxes that we do pay can go to where they are most needed (rather than ping-ponging back to us).

But in general, few seem to share my appetite for more fiscal rectitude :(

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Of Japan's 47 prefectures, 40 -- not including Hokkaido, Tokyo, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi -- will raise minimum wages by between 1 yen and 3 yen, in steps.

If in steps, does that mean an increase of 1 yen each month for three months?

Also, why aren't the increases in price for things like alcohol introduced in steps?

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It doesn't mean what you think it means. It simply says that if you leave your job for "personal reasons" then you can claim unemployment benefit after two months instead of three.

Ok, I stand corrected. Thanks for sharing.

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Instead remove the 10% tax on water, gas and electronic across the board, 

Impossible...the amakudari oyajis that run the utilities here need to maintain their overblown salaries, bonuses and perks...the peasants on minimum wages must pay for the daimyos pleasures..it has been so since the dawn of time.

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Also from the beginning of October, Tokyo will be added to the government's Go to Travel campaign

Great timing. This is the seasonal influenza and common cold time. Tokyoites coughing into their masks and touching them and everything else on overcrowded trains, then, jolly around the country with probably the same infected masks, touching everywhere.

i love GoTo Travel. Recently use once a week. But research shows that it is mainly rich people exploiting the tax paid discount. ¥50000 a night hotels for 30% off. I never stayed in such a hotel!

Suga’s tax is for the poor.

if he wants my respect, another ¥100000 payment for my virus debts and 5% consumption tax for 2 years.

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It might help stop drink-driving, domestic abuse, public disorder, people vomiting in train stations etc.

It might bore lots of people into an early grave too.

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There is good value in Heartland beer. Taste is good at a reasonable price per volume. Approximately 275-287 yen at 500ml. And you get a 5 yen refund on the bottle.

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I am also newly converted non-alchol beer drinker. The taste has just gotten so much better.

Are you talking of the zero percent non acohol drinks ?, you must be kidding that the stuff which is entirely made of chemicals has gotten better. Wonder what kind of health issues it could cause.

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Being here in USA now..I'll trade our first world problems..LOL

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1-3 yen? seriously? is it worth bothering with?

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Lorem ipsumToday  12:16 pm JST

It doesn't mean what you think it means. It simply says that if you leave your job for "personal reasons" then you can claim unemployment benefit after two months instead of three.

Ok, I stand corrected. Thanks for sharing.

You're welcome; my brain takes much longer to get into gear in the mornings these days too.

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¥3. Can you even buy a latte at the end of the month with that increase?

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"But in general, few seem to share my appetite for more fiscal rectitude".

If only the same fiscal rectitude you demand of working people and the social programs they depend upon were shared by the profligate crony capitalist financial industry socializing their losses and being bailed out every ten years on the taxpayers dime.

Few people share your appetite because they see the hypocrisy of austerity schemes.

These new tax and wage schemes are more regressive Neo-liberal scams.

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Of Japan's 47 prefectures, 40 -- not including Hokkaido, Tokyo, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi -- will raise minimum wages by between 1 yen and 3 yen,

> > in steps.....

Oh really? How many steps? 12? Give me a break!

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