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Posted in: Japan's 2023 net external assets hit record ¥471 tril on weak yen See in context

The yen's value affects both assets and liabilities oversea in the same way. How can they say that net external assets hit a record "on a weak yen"?

Not sure what you mean. Both numbers (external liabilities and external assets) are going to be affected in the same way on a weak yen. The total external assets are 1488 trillion.

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Posted in: Japanese musician, actor Ryuichi Sakamoto dies of cancer at 71 See in context

MoonrakerToday  07:44 am JST

In the photo I can recognise Sakamoto and Bowie, in full Let's Dance mode, probably together because of 'Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence,' but anyone know who the others are? I feel like I should know who they are.

On the left is Australian actor Jack Thompson, and the right, the director Nagisa Oshima.

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Posted in: Barbers, 'izakaya,' dept stores, DIY shops to be off Tokyo's closure request list See in context

CameronToday  07:25 am JST

The 300,000 yen support is only for households that earn 2,500,000 yen or less a year anyway, according to a Japanese friend of mine. When he sends me the link( he showed me last night) I'll post it here.

This is partially correct. The govt has outlined thresholds for tax exemption status (the thresholds are based on how many members are in a household). If your salary falls BELOW that threshold, you will be eligible to receive the subsidy.

The other circumstance requires you to satisfy two criteria:

Between February - June, if any of your monthly earnings drops to 50% or less than that of January or prior month;

That new figure is under 2x that of the tax exemption threshold mentioned above.

All in all it's pretty long-winded as you would expect, and as far as I am aware the govt is still in the process of finalizing the application procedure (you either go to your city ward office, or a link to the Ministry of Health site).

Links (in Japanese only):



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Posted in: Man cuts off love rival's penis; flushes it down toilet See in context

@zones2surf: according to the Japanese version of the story, the wife was an employee at the lawyer's office. The husband went to the office with his wife where he confronted the lawyer about the affair.

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