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Posted in: Woman didn’t report father’s death so she could receive his pension See in context

 Someone dependent on someone else’s old age pension isn’t likely to be paying any death taxes

All inheritances are subject to graduated taxation, as per the National Tax Agency. The woman, unemployed and living in public housing, would likely have inherited assets valued at less than 10 million yen, which are assessed a 10% tax with no deductions.

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Posted in: Japanese man rides 1,000 kilometers on stolen 'mamachari' bicycle to see Tokyo for first time See in context

チャリンコ is thought to derive from onomatopoeically from the sound ちゃりん made by the bell. Alternatively, it has been suggested that the term comes from the Korean チャジョンコ, or bicycle.

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Posted in: Q&A: How do I receive ¥100,000 from the government? See in context

The article omits to mention that heads of households will receive applications by mail from the municipality in which they are registered, not the national government. Further, municipalities themselves will decide when disbursements will occur, the earliest expected to begin the middle of next month. As noted above, those issued a My Number Card will be able to apply online. Application forms will include a box allowing respondents to decline the assistance. Check NHK News Web for April 20 for more.

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Posted in: Our university has made it a top priority to stop the infection from spreading and even publicized our name, so it is regrettable that people are still sending us threatening messages. See in context

The cluster of infections among students at the university has been sourced to recent graduates who traveled to Europe in mid- March and attended graduation parties upon their return.

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

it's a Japanese article, and the overwhelming majority of them aren't thinking about us

"We" have an issue with generalizations about Japanese individuals, which presumably is what is meant by "them", since articles are not in the business of "thinking about us". There is nothing in either the Japanese (on Yahoo) or the English-language article above about expats receiving assistance. Unsafe to make assumptions.

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

According to Yahoo Japan, the government will award 300,000¥ to households currently exempt from residency taxes and those whose incomes have fallen by 50% or more. Nothing in the article about expats.

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Posted in: Nagoya Stadium disinfected See in context

As a matter of fact, the Dragons play their regular season home games at Nagoya Dome.

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Posted in: Some foreigners in Aichi feeling concern over spread of virus See in context

If you live in Aichi Prefecture (愛知県) and are looking for information about the new coronavirus, including the availability of consultation services, it's here: 愛知県新型コロナウイルス相談窓口

The information provided is currently available only in Japanese, but as a reference or resource, it is better than nothing. (Rendering the above into kana or romaji would be useless for search purposes. For other prefectures, replace the Aichi-ken bit, obviously.)

These situations can be frustrating (at the least) to expats who lack ready access to official information in their native language and are unable to navigate Japanese.

Consider asking a Japanese friend or colleague for help.

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Posted in: Some foreigners in Aichi feeling concern over spread of virus See in context

Effective March 6, the government covers the entire cost of a PCR exam for those enrolled in one of the national health schemes. This information is available from numerous sources by searching for PCR検査自己負担.

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Posted in: Abe warns Japanese to prepare for prolonged coronavirus battle See in context

Has anyone else noticed that up until a few days ago the media was reporting the number of new infections nationally, but the past few days only reporting Tokyo numbers.

Japanese media? No, I haven't. Perhaps because I read Japanese. The language is not required to make sense of You could also try Asahi Digital, Yahoo Japan, or any number of other outlets.

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Posted in: Koike urges Tokyo residents to stay at home at weekend See in context

Japan's current testing capacity is 7,500/ day, a figure that is expected to rise to 8,000 by the end of the month. The average number of tests administered daily during March is under 1,900. Starting to see the effects of complacency on the part of many here.

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Posted in: 13-year-old donates over 600 handmade masks amid shortage in Japan See in context

Takimoto-san began making the masks using cotton and elastic at the end of February and worked up to 5 hours/ day to complete 612 masks, 400 adult-size, the remainder for children. On the 17th of March she visited the Yamanashi prefectural office to deliver the masks. Cost: 80,000¥, every yen of it her own.

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Posted in: Cluster suspected at Oita medical center after 2 more virus cases confirmed See in context

According to the Okinawa Times (March 23), the girl who tested positive is aged 10-19 and was in the company of four family members, all of whom were tested at Narita on the 20th upon returning from a trip to Spain. The family were asked to remain at the airport but ignored the request and instead traveled to Haneda and boarded a flight to Naha. The following day Okinawa authorities were notified the girl had tested positive. She has been admitted to hospital, while her family members are self-isolating.

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Posted in: Spring high school baseball tourney canceled over coronavirus See in context

The spring invitational baseball championship 選抜 offers teams with an outside chance of winning their respective prefectural tournaments to qualify for the summer Koshien tourney the opportunity to compete at the Mecca for HS baseball. A real shame.

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Posted in: Fukushima dreams: A baseball star, a father and their shattered town See in context

If after such terrible disasters I still had my loved ones I too would feel fortunate and grateful.

Rather presumptuous of you to assume Mr Ouchi doesn't.

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Posted in: Fukushima dreams: A baseball star, a father and their shattered town See in context

Nicely written, poignant.

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Posted in: Uniqlo and GU to charge for shopping bags in a new, eco-friendly initiative See in context

Buy more stuff and heal the world.

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Posted in: National high school baseball tournament to be held without spectators See in context

The tournament, if held, will be played to empty stands, but the organizers have yet to decide whether to go ahead with or cancel the annual spring tourney known as 選抜- that decision will be made on March 11.

If Senbatsu takes place, only the officiating crew, coaching staff and 18 players per team will be allowed in the stadium (as well as camera operators and photographers).

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Posted in: Magazine helping to deal with the big issue of homelessness in Japan See in context

As points out in an article from 2018, the ministry's annual survey is far from comprehensive as it fails to include homeless individuals living out of net cafes. Another group the study overlooks comprises those forced to live out of their vehicles.

Results of the 2019 Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare:

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Posted in: 'The death of theater' - Tokyo Met Theater director’s stand against coronavirus closures See in context

The PM's "recommendation" is just that, not a legally binding executive order. The theater's own website currently shows that it will resume normal operations from March 16th, hardly a death sentence.

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Posted in: Lawson donates 'onigiri' to daycare centers after school closures See in context

Niigata City's after- school program (until 6:30 pm weekdays; from 8- 6:30 during the long vacs, Saturdays, and school closures such as at present), Himawari Club, is run by the city and is available to children whose parents work during the day. While Niigata's facilities include classrooms, they are not primarily study halls but a kind of recreation and activity center. In fact, a quick search of such programs throughout the country reveals that 放課後児童クラブ, as they are known, are usually operated by municipalities, contrary to the assertion above.

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Posted in: Health ministry not helpful for foreigners in Japan seeking virus info See in context

Kyushuu Bill- don't reside in Miyazaki myself, but the prefecture your taxes support provides information about the virus in English- Mandarin and Korean as well. Did you not think to look? Didn't take me long to find.

The hotlines offer no English language support, but after 18 years in the country, you should be able to handle that.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't will announce more measures on March 10 to counter virus See in context

The following from the Asahi Digital provides an informative and regularly updated timeline of Covid-19 developments dating to Dec. 29 of last year: まとめ】首相「換気悪い密集空間を避けて」(1日)

Japan's first fatality was reported Feb. 13, it's second and third on the 20th.

The initial outbreak in Hokkaido has been traced to this year's Sapporo Snow Festival.

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Posted in: Nearly all prefectures shut schools over virus outbreak See in context

As noted above, the venue was Live House Arc, in Osaka. The Ehime woman becomes the fourth concert-goer out of a total of 100 to test positive. Photos and more info here:

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Posted in: Tokyo Marathon limited to elite runners over virus fears See in context

No refunds- typical for such events, see the NY Marathon, 2012.

Where does the money go? Legally binding commitments to vendors, among other things.

except the Chinese are getting their money back or their 2020 fees are being deferred to 2021.

Not so. Learn some Japanese, read the press reports, Patty.

What does the japanese sports community means by elite ???. I thought in japan everyone is equal ???.

What the rest of the world's sporting community means by the term.

How was this allowed to go ahead? Double standards

How was it allowed to go ahead? Learn some Japanese, read the news reports, We're living in the Reiwa era, by the way, Heisei-kun.

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Posted in: Over 50% of single Japanese women in their 20s struggle to make ends meet, survey says See in context

For the commenters unable to see the forest for the trees, the larger story here is the economy as a whole, which has seen a dramatic increase in low-paying, non-regular jobs over the past 20 years. What is true of the young women in the article is also the case for growing numbers of Japanese workers, regardless of age. The same race-to-the-bottom conditions likewise apply to many English teaching positions and other types of employment for expats.

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Posted in: Over 50% of single Japanese women in their 20s struggle to make ends meet, survey says See in context

Japanese labor statistics show that 10% of all men and 40% of all women in the workforce earn less than 2 million yen annually. Such individuals are called "working poor", unable to make living wages for a number of reasons, among which 'idleness' and 'disinclination' are rarely to be found. Indeed, not a few working poor, many single mothers among them, hold down multiple jobs to pay the bills, send kids to school, and so on. This issue calls for a more serious and considered treatment than that afforded by the article and more maturity and compassion from some of the commenters.

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Posted in: Disinfection measures begin at Chiba hotel used as quarantine facility for Wuhan evacuees See in context

To be quite honest, that's all I had to read.

The Cabinet Office is not making this up.

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Posted in: One single black mother's story of raising a half-Japanese child against all odds See in context

Japan is no land for hafus

This will come as some surprise to my own "hafus", born and raised in Japan and now grown.

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Posted in: Sapporo Snow Festival ending after unprecedented lack of snow See in context

“And some have been turning to the nature gods of Japan's native Shinto religion to pray for more snow.”

gods of convenience. How’d that work out? 

Hyogo and Yamagata prefectures, not Hokkaido, smithinjapan.

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