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Posted in: Severed crow head found on tree branch at Kobe school known for infamous 1997 murder See in context

He's a welder in Saitama according to the tabloids.

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Posted in: Japanese women list top 10 romantic scenarios by which they’d like to meet new boyfriend See in context

Wot no Nova?!!!

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Posted in: Japanese college students share four ways anime high school is different from real high school See in context

Well that's completely shattered all my illusions.

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Posted in: Why can't Japanese teachers of English ... speak English? See in context

I'll never forget being in Nagano at that famous temple there, being approached by some teachers and their elementary school students on an excursion, and having a good chat in English with one of the teachers, but when I asked him if he was an English teacher he laughed and said no, he was a history teacher and said that's the English teacher over there, and pointed at a teacher with his head down hiding behind the kids, trying desperately not to have to speak English.

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Posted in: Do you think electronic devices really interfere with aircraft navigation systems, as cabin attendants suggest when they request passengers to turn off their devices prior to takeoff and landing? See in context

I don't think they have a clue. Probably just to forestall litigation. It used to be the same in hospitals when the first crappy mobiles came out, and still is on the trains in Japan due to "pacemaker interference problems" isn't it?

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Posted in: Companies are actively hiring due to the economic recovery. See in context

The chicken or the egg?

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Posted in: Old loves highlight Japan and Vietnam's new bonds See in context

No, I think Nguyen Thi Van is a from different family. It never says Thi Xuan had any children.

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Posted in: Old loves highlight Japan and Vietnam's new bonds See in context


I think the dead man is Nguyen Thi Van's father.

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Posted in: No. of foreign workers in Japan tops 1 mil for first time See in context

Permanent residency is available to spouses after five years in Japan

I was awarded mine after three years to the day, So your imformati0on is incorrect. Even the immigration official who stamped my passport said "you're lucky"

I'm pretty sure you can apply after a year. You have to have been married for longer, but the time spent in Japan is only a year.

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Posted in: Mother arrested for strangling 1-year-old daughter to death See in context

Depression doesn't make you kill others.

Educator60, I know it was a dodgy translation, I was explaining the English connotations to you.

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Posted in: Mother arrested for strangling 1-year-old daughter to death See in context

Educator60Jan. 17, 2017 - 04:39PM JST

serendipitous at Jan. 17, 2017 - 04:08PM JST "So her 'second eldest' daughter was 1 year old. If so she must have a recently born baby as well. "

I don't get your logic. The mother is 39. The oldest daughter could be two or she could be twenty or even older or anywhere in between. But not more recently born than poor Rika.

Don't know about serendipitous but I would say it's because if there are two children you don't refer to the younger one as the second oldest. They would be the "younger child" or "youngest child" if there were more than two. Saying "second eldest " implies there are another one or two children born after her.

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Posted in: Morning miso See in context

I was going to say, they can't all be original members??

Only the guy in the middle.

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Posted in: Train driver says he can't remember overrunning platform by 220 meters See in context

Those hours are unbelievably stupid. It should be illegal to allow it, but I bet the fat cats don't care so long as they're getting their pay-off.

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Posted in: Top 5 must-see places in Japan for 2017 See in context

5.Legoland 4.Ueda Castle 3.Sapporo 2.Kyoto 1.Kanazawa

Inspirational stuff.

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Posted in: FIFA president proposes 48-team World Cup See in context

Stupid, pointless idea that has nothing to do with sport.The only thing that'll make the World Cup interesting again, and Champions League come to that, is if they abandon the seeding system.

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Posted in: Japan warns Brexit may drive banks, pharma investment to EU See in context

Madness. My friend's brother-in-law lives in Sunderland. Voted Leave, already lost his job. Ditto my friend in London. Survival of the thickest.

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Posted in: Idol singer dating bans are unnecessary, say majority of Japanese college men in survey See in context

How come hardcore porn actress Namiki Yu is being used for the photo for this article?

Would be hilarious if AV stars were "banned from dating" too.

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Posted in: Narita air traffic controllers briefly abandon tower due to typhoon See in context

It got that bad did it?? I eventually left Narita for Europe at midday, after waiting on the runway for an hour cos planes were being given 5 minutes each for take-off. Looks like I was lucky.

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Posted in: Getting stopped by police in Japan – how often does it happen (and why?) See in context

Not to mention the trouble being forced to miss your train may cause.

Funny you should say that. A friend of mine was on his way home after we'd been drinking and had to change at Shinjuku, but got there with about a minute to dash to another JR platform and as he lived in deepest darkest Kanagawa there was no way he was going to miss the last train. On the way down the steps that he was taking 2 at a time two policemen put their hands out to try and stop him and were like "Etto, err, residence car..." but my friend just shouted "SORRY NO TIME!" and legged it past them to the platform. They didn't follow him and it shows how important these stop and searches really are if they just let people run off if they feel like it.

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Posted in: Theresa May becomes Britain's new prime minister; Boris Johnson named foreign secretary See in context

I was thinking along the same lines as above. BJ would be the perfect scapegoat iin the event of failed negotiations with the EU/no actual exit/a second referendum.

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Posted in: Yen hits 3-week low See in context

Sterling made solid gains against the yen, the dollar and the euro ahead of a Bank of England meeting widely expected to cut interest rates

Wouldn't lower interest rates push sterling down against other currencies, everything being equal?

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Posted in: Man arrested after woman found strangled to death in apartment See in context

Poor kid to be left with this..

You can't kill yourself by tying a cord around a bed leg can you?

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Posted in: At old-style drinking places, the quest for Showa-era nostalgia clashes with reality See in context

“We’ll can’t bring the next item you’ve ordered unless you order something else after you finish what you’ve got on the table.”

Ignoring the obvious typo, what's this supposed to mean? Someone help.

Yes, Tateishi is a funky little place GW, as are a few of the keisei stations around it. Very real kind of feel.

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Posted in: Dead money: Battle for Japanese inheritances heats up See in context

Cleo, good points. Think I've got it, cheers.

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Posted in: Dead money: Battle for Japanese inheritances heats up See in context

Thanks for the reply cleo. Not sure about that though. I put the figures of 100,000,000, spouse and 2 children in that calculator and it came out at 8,000,000 tax for the spouse, and 3,250,000 for each of the children.

As far as I can see it wouldn't make sense to tax the heir, not the estate, as it would then be incredibly easy to circumvent IHT by adding heirs, and would be unfair as some people would be paying much more tax (even though they're dead) than others just because they had fewer dependants. It would also defeat the point of IHT as the money would then not be redistributed, and the provision for dependants has already been made with the 6 million yen allowance.

I may be wrong but that's how I see it.

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Posted in: Dead money: Battle for Japanese inheritances heats up See in context


Thanks for the reply .So if you had an estate worth 100 million, and left it to a wife and 2 children, you would deduct 30 million, plus 6 * 3 heirs, which comes to 48 million, and pay tax on the remaining 52 million, at 30%, which would be 15.6 million. Would that be right?

I'm also getting a bit confused because cleo is saying the number of heirs makes a big difference but each heir only adds 6 million to the total don't they?

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Posted in: Dead money: Battle for Japanese inheritances heats up See in context

Cleo says

But to follow up your point, $1 million is roughly ¥105 million. Leave that to your spouse and s/he pays exactly zero in inheritance tax because it's below the minimum.

but CH3CHO, and what the article seems to agree with. says

The basic deduction for inheritance tax is 30 million yen + 6 million yen * number of heirs.

Which is it? Anyone know?

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Posted in: The Kong Show: Meet magician/mentalist/clown Steve Marshall See in context

This is a very funny interview.. why is Kong so surprised that Steve would have had a dream the night before about being on this very show?? Why does Steve ask Kong if he remembers what card he picked when it wasn't Kong's dream? How can Kong remember something from someone else's dream. And what's so shocking about someone saying "Think of a vegetable. Were you thinking of a carrot?" when carrots are the most common vegetable? And why did Steve choose an internet broadcast to do that card trick when you can easily go back and compare the 2 hands of cards?

Sure it's much better in person!

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Posted in: Not just rain falling See in context

I'm still confused as to why the yen is in such demand when the economy is supposedly doing badly, stocks are falling and the economic future is apparently bleak. I know the yen is seen as a safe currency but I don't understand that either.

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Posted in: 60-year-old man arrested over convenience store robbery See in context

If he was "finding it hard to make ends meet" what tf was the point in stealing some magazines?

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