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Posted in: Japan to tighten tax rules on wealthy people See in context

There are other with mutual tax treaties like the EU and 20 of those countries.

"As of November 1, 2018, Japan has concluded income tax treaties with 71 countries/regions to avoid double taxation and prevent tax evasion. Tax treaties concluded by Japan generally accord with the principles of the OECD Model Tax Treaty."

Did you actually read the article?

I quote;

" Also tax treaties provide relief from double taxation through 'tax credits.'

To avail of the tax treaty benefit, an application form for relief from Japanese income tax should be filed and submitted to the tax office by the payer of the income before the date of payment."

Read my link if you want to know how tax credit works in Japan. It's certainly not exemption.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten tax rules on wealthy people See in context

zichiToday  10:02 pm JST

No double taxes between Japan and agreed countries. I have assets in America but because I pay Japanese taxes I don't pay any American ones.

I do believe the US is the only country with a double taxation waiver agreement with Japan. Most other nationalities have to apply for foreign tax credit on their tax return, and it is very limited.

Who am IToday  10:23 pm JST

@OreiO: For a resident there should be no need to pay income tax outside of Japan in the first place. Tax withheld at source can be deducted from income taxes payable in Japan.

Not strictly true. The method of calculation is heavily in the Japan tax office's favour.

"a resident who pays foreign income tax is allowed to credit a 'certain amount' of the foreign income tax (hereinafter referred to as the "credit limit for income tax") against his/her Japanese income tax for the year. "

"Credit limit for income tax = Amount of Japanese income tax for the year × (Total amount of income from sources abroad for the year (after adjustment) / Total amount of income for the year)"

https://www.nta.go.jp/english/taxes/individual/12007.htm

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Posted in: Japan to tighten tax rules on wealthy people See in context

isoduckyToday  10:43 am JST

Ok realistic proposition. As Japan doesn't have double taxation or duel citizenship lets try the following for Japanese citizens;

zichiToday  04:19 pm JST

There's no double taxation in Japan

You are both completely misguided.

"If a resident pays foreign income tax in accordance with foreign laws and ordinances on the same income derived from sources abroad, there will be double taxation."

https://www.nta.go.jp/english/taxes/individual/12007.htm

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Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' breaks record with 32 Emmy nominations See in context

tajToday  10:00 am JST

Anyone here found Chernobyl available in Japan via legal means, as yet

Usually it would take a year or two for such a programme to surface in Japan, but in this instance, I can't see a programme detailing a nuclear disaster ever getting the green light...

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Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' breaks record with 32 Emmy nominations See in context

Strange. Fleabag (excellent programme) was broadcast on the BBC before Amazon, but Amazon gets to claim credit for it?

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Posted in: G20 leaders end 1st day of summit with wagyu beef, kyogen See in context

Never saw homeless people around Osaka Castle, but the homeless numbers have fallen to less than 30,000 across the nation compared with 400,000 in America. Millions in India. Hundreds of thousands in Brazil.

Osaka city authorities have always had a policy of forcibly evicting the homeless from tourist spots.

I think they focused on Osaka castle park and Utsubo park in 2006- There were near riots in Utsubo park, when the city wanted to create rose gardens.

The authorities have been more than eager to inconvenience city dwellers over this G20 farrago, and I did notice the resident homeless in my local park, close to Putin's hotel, have been suspiciously absent since last Thursday.

Maybe they wanted to avoid all the fuss...

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Posted in: Shibuya bans drinking alcohol on streets for Halloween, New Year See in context

Thank Goodness they're not touching such safe events, where alcohol is imbibed, like 'Seijin no Hi'...

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Posted in: Samoa bans hit Elton John biopic over gay sex scenes See in context

I believe that the vast majority of Samoans just aren't interested in depictions of gay sex. The tiny minority that are can watch the movie on the Internet later. No big deal.

Been to Samoa, have you? Met lots of Samaons? Just an unofficial spokesperson?

The movie is about Elton John, not gay sex. Maybe people want to see a musical movie in a theatre because it has more atmosphere.

Sadly, Samoans don't get to choose- like you do, I'm sure.

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Posted in: Samoa bans hit Elton John biopic over gay sex scenes See in context

It's a free world. Samoa can do what it wants

But, apparently, the Samoans can't do what they want- Not a free world for them.

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Posted in: 24-year-old mother arrested over death of 2-month-old daughter See in context

RIP Ryuna.

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Posted in: EU still open to Britain changing its mind on Brexit See in context

Scotland voted to stay in the UK because they didn't want to leave the EU, which is fine. But it was just to be screwed over by a referendum on leaving the EU. Is THAT democratic ?

On the Brexit referendum, people chose knowingly despite being informed of the consequences (which is why Scotland voted against it massively by the way). But the people of Scotland were duped and treated like second class citizens, so yes, I think they have the right to ask for a new vote.

Sorry, but you are misinformed. Scotland voted to stay in the UK. Remaining in the EU was not officially in the referendum. Membership was known to be up for grabs a few years later. Despite that the majority of Scots voted to stay in the UK.

Never believe the promises of campaigning politicians.

And yes, staying in the UK and consequently accepting the political will of the majority IS democratic.

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Posted in: EU still open to Britain changing its mind on Brexit See in context

The people of UK made his choice, there shouldn't be any more referendum or going back.

But Scotland should have the right to a new vote on its independence.

Right, so what you're saying is one 'once in a generation' referendum should stand, and another shouldn't. That sounds entirely democratic.

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Posted in: Showing his form See in context

Kisenosato, Shohozan and Kagayaki are not Mongolian sumo wrestlers. Kisenosato is the first Japanese-born wrestler to become yokozuna in 19 years. I know it is hard, but hang in there.

That's a bit discriminatory, isn't it. We ALL know it's hard because Kisenosato is out of his league, way out.

Hang in there is all he can do, in his pity position that he gained only to try and make sumo more popular with the domestic audience- Oh,look at me, being all discriminatory.

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Posted in: Warner showcases stunning trailer for 'Blade Runner 2049' See in context

Looks a tad overblown, and certainly seems to lack the subtlety of the original. I'm surprised at Villeneuve because 'Arrival' was very subtle.

That wouldn't be so bad if it were standing apart from the original, but with Harrison Ford in it...

A reboot sequel? Getting a little tired of them. I'll watch it, but with a sense of 'Best left alone in the first place'.

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Posted in: Scotland says May's Brexit stance ups chance of new independence vote See in context

Aly Rustom-

Surely you're defeating your own argument. If Scotland leaves The UK (A current member of the EU for at least the next two years) It will have, in effect, left the EU. The reason being Brexit would be irrelevant.

Bigger issues will influence where Scotland stands if independent, than what Scotland wants. As previously mentioned, the Spanish Prime Minister has asserted opposition to Scotland being automatically granted EU member status, in the event of independence, Spain holds the power of Veto. At least five regions pushing for independence and their position looks increasingly intractable. Will the French be thinking of Corsica and Normandy? The Belgians Wallonia and Flanders? The list goes on.

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Posted in: Japanese comedian parodies Trump in ramen skit See in context

For the most part, Japan doesn’t really do political comedy.

Better (especially after bothering to watch this);

"For the most part, Japan doesn't really do comedy."

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Posted in: BBC lists Top 100 films of 21st century; 'Mulholland Drive' No. 1, Japan's 'Spirited Away' ranked No. 4 See in context

LostinNagoya

I remember the 20th list, nowhere were "Rosetta", or "Lilja 4ever"

"Rosetta" was 1999 and " Lilja 4ever" was 2002- different centuries.

I did get a little tired of those faux lame shaky camera work films that seemed to be in vogue around that time.

Having said that, I did like "Gypo" in 2005. Strange the Dogme 95 group seem to have disowned that film and many of the later works.

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Posted in: Hollywood poster blunder sparks backlash in Hong Kong See in context

Ayler I think your confused by the plethora of awards Villeneuve has received in Canada. Sorry to say, but hardly in the same league.

*you're

Lesson learnt- Being grammatically accurate is far more important than being factually accurate.

Well done for pointing that out..

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Posted in: Hollywood poster blunder sparks backlash in Hong Kong See in context

Ayler

This will not be a 'low-grade Hollywood sci-fi movie'. The director's previous film won 3 Oscars and the Palme d'Or. Hong Kong should be glad of the attention.

Sorry, but that is utter nonsense. 'Sicario' had three Oscar NOMINATIONS and a Palme d'Or NOMINATION- none of which it won.

I think your confused by the plethora of awards Villeneuve has received in Canada. Sorry to say, but hardly in the same league.

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Posted in: Japan to begin nationwide sales of a tear-free onion this fall See in context

anyone who thinks that GMO's are "bad" for you are just making a choice to be ignorant and to make decisions based upon fear and not science.

anyone who thinks that GMO's are "bad" for you are just making a choice to not be ignorant and to make decisions based upon nature and not science.

Fixed it for you.

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Posted in: Who you gonna call? 'Ghostbusters' is back in business See in context

If you don't find it funny, you're a sexist. You're implying women can't be funny, and supporting the sexist and un-PC nature of the first generation.

Not funny= sexist? That's a huge step. One could almost say a giant leap for mankind- Oh no, I'm sexist.

How about it's not funny because it's not funny.

Aside from the all female cast, it's completely unoriginal.

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Posted in: Court orders shutdown of 2 Takahama nuclear reactors See in context

I read your link and it was contrary to what you suggested.

In what way contrary? What did I suggest? Note I used the word 'linked' as in "A price cut 'linked' to Takahama reactors 3 & 4 restarting'". They link it themselves in that very article, no mistake.

We at KEPCO are considering price-cuts sometime early in the next fiscal year in case Takahama NPP unit 3 and 4 restart within this fiscal year.

The article was dated late January and the flyer distributed in March. May I presume there were some developments in their deliberations? More specifically 'preparing for a price cut from May 1st 2016' as is written in the flyer.

Personally I can't wait to jump ship from this old boys club((関西電力)and take my custom elsewhere.

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Posted in: Court orders shutdown of 2 Takahama nuclear reactors See in context

Just yesterday I received my electric bill and a flyer informing me of the planned electricity price cut next month (about 5% at best), directly linked to these two reactors restarting.

http://www.kepco.co.jp/corporate/notice/20160126_1.html

What will they do now? The most expensive electricity supplier in the country with a deregulated electricity market set to begin next month?

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Posted in: Robotic dance group World Order is back with a new music video filmed in Shanghai See in context

Saw these guys live last year- They certainly work tremendously hard and put on an excellent show.

Really hope that isn't the last time to see Genki Sudo taking part.

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Posted in: Geezer group JI-POP is here to promote tourism See in context

fwiw, "geezer" means "man" in British English>

High horse there, old boy.

FWIW American English has the word "geezer" too, nearly always with the connotation of "old man".

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/geezer

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Posted in: Abe heckled at ceremony in Okinawa on 70th anniversary of battle See in context

Christopher Glen

I wonder if Abe's speech will be covered by NHK...I can see them scratching their heads trying to edit out the booing.

NHK managed just fine , no suprise there...

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150623_23.html http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20150623/k10010124531000.html

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Posted in: Hangover cure is elusive but symptom relief fizzles and flows See in context

A large glass of milk before the "party" helps line the stomach and lessens the bad effects.

FightingViking

Old wives tale, after all alcohol would wash that milk 'lining' clean away.

Drinking milk AFTER the party and before sleeping would be best- milk being an anti-diuretic that would help stop you dehydrating, the primary factor of the hangover.

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Posted in: Secrets of the world's top whisky: Japanese water and Spanish casks See in context

Stacy Kurokawa Cooke

In Kansai and interested in touring the Yamazaki distillery? Check this :

Or cut out the middleman (woman,perhaps?) and go direct to the tour page on their website.

http://theyamazaki.jp/en/distillery/index.html

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Posted in: Group claiming Sony hack demands 'The Interview' not be released See in context

nandakandamanda

With that message in the same stilted English

Logic like that could implicate some entity in these fair isles too, surely?

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Posted in: Secrets of the world's top whisky: Japanese water and Spanish casks See in context

Oyamazaki is a town located in Otokuni District, Kyoto Prefecture. But actually its right between Osaka and Kyoto, so could be either. yamazaki is a town located in Otokuni District, Kyoto Prefecture. But actually its right between Osaka and Kyoto, so could be either.<

True, but the distillery isn't actually in Oyamazaki. It's in Shimamoto cho in Osaka Prefecture.

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