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Posted in: Clawing back tenant rights See in context

Laws re the tenant and landlord relationship, when compared to NZ for example, seem skewed in favor of the tenant in a few key areas. I think this has then caused landlords to take measures to balance the situation, and overall it now does not seem "fair" for either party. If a tenant signs a "traditional" (not fixed term) rental agreement, then the landlord finds it very very difficult to kick the tenant out if they stop paying the rent. In NZ for example there are low cost legal options to rectify this type of situation, but in Japan I have heard of tenants that had not paid up to 2 years rent and then needed a cash incentive to get them to move out. Landlords compensate by requiring guarantors and huge (in my option) key money, deposit etc to cover their risk. Interested in any other views, as this is how I see it.

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Posted in: 100% pure Australian honey See in context

Cleo: Runny honey is honey that does not contain crystals, this can be because the variety of honey does not crystalise naturally at room temperature (usually honeys with lower glucose levels) or because the honey has been overheated and over processed. Sometimes syrup and even water is added to the product, affecting its crystalization. Creamed honey is honey that has undergone controlled crystalisation resulting in lots of small crystals in the honey. This is still able to be spread and is the "proper honey" you refer to. Once the small crystals exist in the honey it is stable unless heated above 30C or so and the crystals melt. Most (but not all) NZ honey in Japan is creamy honey. Check out www.comvita-jpn.com but the prices are as you say not cheap.

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Posted in: 100% pure Australian honey See in context

Sarge, suggest you check the country of origin on the honey. 95% of the honey on sale in Japan is from China, 100% Japanese honey is not particularly cheap. Whether Chinese honey is "perfectly good" is debatable. It has been banned from the US, Canada and the UK in recent years for antibiotic levels (the ban no longer exists). The the issue with importing honey for sale in Japan is the 25.5% duty for pure honey. Hence the website seems to be making the sale in Australia and posting it in (I did not see the postage rate on the website, but assume this is the case).

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Posted in: 100% pure Australian honey See in context

Honey has a different taste and other characteristics depending on the nectar source (flower). Buckwheat honey for example is black in color and has a strong taste. Honey in Japanese supermarkets tends to be liquid honey from China (95% of the market), over processed at high temperatures with pollen filtered out and oftentimes diluted with syrup. Darker honeys have strong antioxidant activity. Manuka honey from NZ is known for its antibacterial activity and its ability to assist with H.Prilori, the bacteria linked to stomach ulcers. It is also used to heal wounds.

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