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Posted in: Minister yells at press after he criticizes remaining Fukushima evacuees See in context

Classic mistake: The reporter is not the viewing audience....

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Posted in: Trump unleashes Twitter attack against civil rights leader; protests begin across U.S. See in context

Dont' worry. He won't last long. Whether its due to the 75 pending lawsuits against him, collusion with Russia to subvert the US election, or something else, he'll be impeached. I'd give it a year.

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Posted in: 21-year-old woman arrested for abusing 4-month-old son See in context

A year?????

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Posted in: Canadian YouTuber explains why she quit working on Japanese TV See in context

My two years on Japanese TV were similar in the sense that the pay was terrible. However, unlike this woman, I was given tremendous freedom to design, edit and "star" in my show. My producer trusted me and set me free....

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Posted in: Naked passenger arrested for causing damage inside taxi See in context

Um....why did t he driver a) stop and b) open the door?

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Posted in: Abe to delay sales tax hike over economy fears: Nikkei See in context

I'd be squirming if I were one of the millions of Japanese who own Japan's debt....

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Posted in: Japan’s 1st ’paternity leave’ lawmaker resigns over extramarital affair See in context

I see a Hollywood movie in the works. Brilliant!

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Posted in: Japan worried about 2020 problem, or life after Olympics See in context

How do you turn the Titanic?

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Posted in: Homeless guys happy to 'rent' themselves out See in context

Not a sustainable business model.....

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Posted in: Irate passenger arrested after getting off train stopped between two stations See in context

It all started with a lack of information about why the train had stopped. Welcome to the world of indirect communication.

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Posted in: Toyota's American PR chief arrested for suspected drug violation See in context

@davidwagnerasia: A PR nightmare but a chance also for Toyota to shine depending on how it handles things...

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Posted in: Japan takes a bite out of wealthy foreigners See in context

Educator 60 - You DO have to renew your PR status every 7 years.

Also, the article is wrong concerning a five year grace period. In fact, one has to have have lived in Japan 5 out of the past 10 years with the status of PR.

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Posted in: Japan takes a bite out of wealthy foreigners See in context

Interesting, Alex. How do you know it is only for PR holders who exit AND let their PR status lapse? What happens to someone who, upon renewal of the PR status after 7 years, is not renewed by Japan (for whatever reason)? BTW, the article implies it is for people with a PR status who remain a resident for 5 years from July 1, 2015 that are affected. My understanding is that is incorrect and is cumulatively 5 years out of the past 10 years holding the PR status.

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Posted in: Japan takes a bite out of wealthy foreigners See in context

Many issues with the "exit tax" remain unclear:

1) Non-Japanese who have Permanent Resident status are allow to retain that status and not live in Japan. How would the law be applied? 2) Non-Japanese who have the PR status and have JPY 100,000,000 in non-real estate assets may have already paid tax in their respective countries. Is that retroactively applied? 3) As it is a new law, no country has included it in their "Tax Totalization Treaty" with Japan. How will this be applied going forward? 4) Non-Japanese residents who have Permanent Resident status and go back and forth between another country and Japan and have residences in both countries. How would the law be applied? 5) Non-Japanese residents who have Permanent Resident status in Japan and retire in Japan with assets earned before retirement in excess of JPY 100,000,000 earned prior to the enactment of the law. Would they be required to pay tax if they exit Japan?

The article is correct in the notion that the "exit tax" will act as a deterrent for non-Japanese to settle in Japan.

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Posted in: Ex-adviser to Abe praises apartheid as means of immigration control See in context

Japanese should not segregate those who will soon be paying for their pensions

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Posted in: 3 Filipinos held for dumping bodies of Japanese man, girlfriend at sea See in context

Odd....they weren't haunted by conscience when committing the crime.....

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Posted in: Lawmaker bawls at press conference over his use of public funds See in context

If he wants some good media training, he should call me.....Lord knows he needs it!

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Posted in: Psy goes from 'Gangnam' to hip-hop style in new song See in context

Hiffically bad...

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Posted in: Aichi city plans to block children using smartphones after 9 p.m. See in context

So the city bureaucrats decide what parents should do....now we're really in trouble

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Posted in: Ministry to name firms refusing to raise wages See in context

I love it - a public shaming for not towing the party line.

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Posted in: Ishiba under fire for comparing state secret bill protesters to terrorists See in context

Disturbing. This can't be what Japanese want. But since when has the what citizens wanted been a priority in Japan?

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Posted in: Cosmo PR: Getting the right message out See in context

Nice article, Kumi!

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Posted in: Why Kennedy was appointed U.S. ambassador to Japan See in context

We'll know her true impact when all the OL's start wearing what Caroline wears. Stay tuned....

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Posted in: Minister urges food industry to take action on mislabeling scandal See in context

Mislabeling has no consequences. What laws exist in Japan for mislabeling? None? In the case of mislabeling of food known to contain high levels of radiation, there have been zero prosecutions.

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Posted in: Abe pledges global focus on women's rights in U.N. speech See in context

Hardmentougblokes has a point....

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Posted in: TEPCO exec tells DPJ Fukushima plant not under control See in context

When people lie time and time again, it is hard to know or believe the truth

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Posted in: Abe says Olympics 'will repay debt we owe the world' See in context

Yeah, but what about the debt to all the holders of Japanese debt? I suspect that will come with a 60% haircut

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Posted in: Tokyo governor slams Fukushima coverage on eve of 2020 vote See in context

If there hadn't been lies and deception from the beginning, perhaps more people would believe what they are told now

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Posted in: Japan's national debt tops Y1,000 trillion See in context

True, roughy 90% of Japan's debt is owned by Japanese. But once they stop buying because they realize they won't get most of their money back, Japan will turn to global markets for funding a larger and larger portion of the debt. And, in time, it is those markets that wil determine what happens to the debt. At some point, the debt becomes unserviceable and will be restructured. Bond holders will be a fraction of what they put in back.....

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Posted in: Gov't pledges to slash public spending by Y8 tril over 2 years See in context

The debt will eventually need to be restructured, leaving Japanese bond holders taking a bath...

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