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Posted in: Woman arrested for keeping father’s corpse in house See in context

@joe blow

An often-quoted but misrepresented fact.

Yes, the average may be high, but only if you choose to have all of the pomp and grandeur in order to make a statement of status.

Culturally, there's a bit heavier weighting on the ceremonial aspects of a funeral in Japan than some other cultures... But it's not a requirement. There's plenty of lower budget options. And if you're struggling to make ends meet you can use the services offered by local authorities. Granted they are quite basic but it's a funeral nonetheless. We're talking a few hundred dollars worth of expense.

And for unemployed people on benefits, the local ward will help with the few hundred dollars of costs and arrange a very reasonable payment plan.

So this is an irrelevant point.

You might as well quote the average spend on a car in certain districts of Tokyo in N million yen. Doesn't mean its the cost required for a car.

The same high cost is often quoted of weddings here too... Again this is due to wanting to keep up with the Jones', wanting the fairytale photo shoots, etc. A budget gathering and ward office appearance can be done super cheap, just like is very common in every other country. (and just like many people here choose to do).

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Posted in: Firefighter docked pay for making over a million yen from game streaming See in context

Ridiculous rule

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Posted in: End of an era nears for Berlin's coal stoves See in context

Didn't know London was in Greece

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Posted in: End of an era nears for Berlin's coal stoves See in context

Half eh? Exaggerate much?

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Posted in: Kishida sidesteps criticism of cash handout policy change See in context

Surely the childless people should be grateful others spend a significant portion of their lives investing in a future tax payer to pay for their retirement and medical care

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Posted in: New column to track coronavirus calamity's impact on young women's livelihood See in context

That's true. Although rather more general an observation and not really applicable to the subject person of the article.

Feel free to retract the personal insults on reading comprehension and exquisite reasoning... And then we can go after the predators together when a real victim presents themselves.

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Posted in: New column to track coronavirus calamity's impact on young women's livelihood See in context

The government both forces people into the adult business emporium by lack of social support networks and enables the adult businesses but turning a blind eye to their shady business dealings.

Can you explain the part where she was forced in to this?

To quote a few highlights...

while still in high school, "befriended" an older man for monetary considerations, an activity referred to as papa katsu.

Hmmm... I wonder who forced her to do this.

approached on the street by a "scout," which led to her debut as a performer in adult videos

Nasty scout. She had no chance to say no.

wanting to live out her fantasies, she took up employment at a high-class soapland

I wish I was forced to live out my fantasies too. Sign me up.

She subsequently took up employment in a massage parlor that involved erotic manipulation without going all the way

Well OK... Let's give you the benefit of the doubt and say she was forced to do this...

I felt a real sense of gratitude toward my parents, and have given up the shady work to be a more filial daughter.

Ah... And finally had the good sense to go back to her support network that was there all along, ready and waiting.

Can't keep blaming the government for this girl's choices and subsequent regret. Not everyone is a victim.

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Posted in: Monitor or talk? 5 ways parents can help keep their children safe online See in context

How about not giving kids as young as 2 or 3 your phone or ipad every time you can't be bothered to engage with them so they don't develop the habit of screaming for it every time you sit down in a restaurant. And maybe set a better example yourself but not spending the whole time while seated texting, checking feeds and taking pictures of the damn food to put online and advertise how great your pretend life is.

And then when they are a bit older, how about not buying them smartphones or tablets in the first place. Far easier to control physical access to a PC or laptop (which is needed for school).

Seems simple enough. But sadly, requires a bit of parenting effort.

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Posted in: New column to track coronavirus calamity's impact on young women's livelihood See in context

Since when are we supposed to feel sorry for sex workers?

And not someone forced in to it either. She started off on this path at high school. Had all the same options and opportunities as everyone else, but chose to be a little harlot instead for handbag and jewelry money.

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Posted in: Japan's Go To Travel subsidy program to resume possibly in February See in context

@fxgai

I suppose a better example would be Japanese agriculture, which most would argue has failed long ago and been propped up by subsidies ever since.

It now can't function at all without those subsidies and is steadily getting worse.

This argues your point quite convincingly! But also, unfortunately, shows how reluctant Japan is to change/modernise.

I guess the only way is, as you say, to force the change, by removing the incentives not to.

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Posted in: Japan's Go To Travel subsidy program to resume possibly in February See in context

@fxgai

No subsidies, for any type of industry.

All industries fall on hard times now and then. We can’t have a subsidy program for everyone, we can’t afford it and the harm it does to us all in the long run.

Ah good... Finally a point worth discussing.

I do see the merit of your point.

I still struggle with the short term hardships suffered for the benefit of the long term. I recall your point that it can be turned around quickly... But is Japanese culture as dynamic and fast to act as your previous examples in other countries?

I have no idea really, but the speed of change is the part I doubt.

I hope others can distinguish this debate on the effectiveness of subsidies from a debate on wealth inequality.

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Posted in: Japan's Go To Travel subsidy program to resume possibly in February See in context

Many low income earners and families want to use the go-to-campaign but don't have the money to start with and leaving them out is not fair

Many low income earners and families want to have a new hybrid/electric car and want to use the government campaign to get a discount on one but don't have the money to start with and leaving them out is not fair.

Many low income earners and families want to buy a house and take advantage of the government campaign to get 1% refund per year but don't have the money to start with and leaving them out is not fair.

Many low income earners and families want to install solar panels and take advantage of the government campaign to get a higher Feed In Tarrif than current purchase price or electricity... But don't have the money to start with and leaving them out is not fair.

I could go on.

Do you still not understand?

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Posted in: Japan's Go To Travel subsidy program to resume possibly in February See in context

Hooray! Someone finally gets it.

There are subsidies to promote the purchase and running costs of hybrid/electric cars. The government pays some of the purchase price and reduces the yearly taxes for them.

Who here owns their own house? Well, unless you paid cash, chances are you have a mortgage. To encourage house purchases there is a subsidy on your mortgage. For 10 years you get 1% interest refund.

Why are you not up in arms about these subsidies? Because you don't understand the concept properly.

Yes... I understand subsidies are debatable. There is indeed a point to be made about letting bloated companies/industries fail, to be replaced by a better, more efficient business.

But that does not change the point that this is not a "handout for the rich", as so many still fail to realise.

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Posted in: Japan's Go To Travel subsidy program to resume possibly in February See in context

Before we have to listen to the same flawed protests as last time... Heed the word "subsidy".

Its a subsidy on local tourism. Not a handout for the rich, as so many lacking the most basic grasp of economics were claiming last time.

And we don't need any examples of how poor people can't afford to stay at hotels... That demographic would never have travelled anyway, and are not consumers of the industry this is aimed at reviving.

Subsidy. Look up the word "subsidy"

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Posted in: Ruling coalition agrees on ¥100,000 cash handouts, vouchers for those aged 18 and younger See in context

No, I didn't make a poor life choice, I suppose! My life is full of good choices I made and I have never relied on others

So why are you complaining then?

And/or why are you making a point about how you have to survive on much less then the suggested cap?

Pick a lane.

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Posted in: Ruling coalition agrees on ¥100,000 cash handouts, vouchers for those aged 18 and younger See in context

Given that the bureaucracy in Japan is extremely detail- and rule-orlented, we should assume that the cash benefit for each child should be disbursed electronically into an account in the child's name

Given that you're talking of you're ass, we should assume that you are inventing problems that don't exist.

They will use the standard system of paying it to the registered head of the household. Just like every other child benefit. Just like the one that every child in Japan already receives in 3 installments every year.

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Posted in: Ruling coalition agrees on ¥100,000 cash handouts, vouchers for those aged 18 and younger See in context

Doesn't matter what they do, people will complain. Usually poor people.

Most Japanese (including me) have to "survive" on much less.

So that means you deserve it more than someone earning more than you? It's their job to work hard and fund your poor life choices I suppose.

Childless people don't have extra mouths to feed and dress. People with kids do

Very true. And childless people are also not investing 20 odd years of time and money in to the next generation to fund their retirement and health are. How quickly they overlook this when the parents receive a single payment worth a tiny fraction of their effort to help them along the way.

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Posted in: New anorexic patients up 60% among young people in Japan See in context

Anorexia is a very serious psychiatric disorder and is the highest cause of death amongst females between 15 to 24

Even the most cursory Google search reveals this is not true. But that's OK... After all, 26.5% of statistics are just made up.

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Posted in: Political parties promise increased child aid, but more than money needed See in context

Meanwhile, 25% of Japanese kids live in poverty.

Errr... No. Think you need to fact check that

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Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

@nomad

Oops, name is "Village Nasu Kogen"

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Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

@nomad

Actually not so much. I disagreed with your earlier comment... But your point is understood. (but quietly, for the record, for a family in Nasu I recommend Nasu Kogen. Check it out. Was on GoTo last time)

Your original point is not being discussed any more. Rather the discussion digressed in to wealth inequality... And even more savings is being suggested now as a remedy to kick start the economy?

Subsidies are being regarded as handouts. It's all got a bit daft.

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Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

By giving handouts to those who don't need them?

Oh come on... Surely you understand the difference by now.

Government sets aside 1,000 yen to help revive a failing hotel.

Either you give the cash directly to the hotel, or you find someone with money and say "tell you what, you spend 2,000 at this hotel and I'll pay 1,000 of it".

Do you see now? No one is putting money in the hands of people that don't need it.

The money is going to the struggling hotel, with some more money spent by a customer, with the scheme as an incentive.

This is very very different from what you label it as. The alternative, giving the hotel 1,000 yen directly to keep them afloat is clearly not as good.

This is no different from subsidies to promote hybrid cars over petrol.

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Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

Yes... But are we not trying to revive the tourism and entertainment sector?

Maybe that part has become forgotten in the discussion.

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Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

You're quite determined to press the point that poor people can't take advantage of the scheme. That's true.

But you also, like Smith, fail to see this for what it is. It is a subsidy.

Either the government subsidies the industry directly, by tax breaks, cash awards for loss of earnings... etc (which they have already done all of)... or they have the GoTo scheme to get things moving.

The demographic you are outraged in defence of would not see a single yen of either way. That's tough.

But this is far better than directly propping up the tourism industry through tax breaks and cash subsidises.

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Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

Wow... Cleo's point clearly went over your head but obviously hit the mark. She is bang on, and you proved it, though you didn't intend to.

Absolutely not. And you are also failing to separate the points of discussion.

This scheme is intended to revive the tourism and entertainment sector, and to encourage those who have some savings to do so.

It is not giving money to people that don't need it, as is repeatedly quoted.

It is subsidising tourism, which is rather different.

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Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

They still can't afford it, and they're still paying taxes for others with fatter purses to go out on the town.

If a family can't afford 50,000 yen for a short break than I doubt they are paying much tax at all to fund the elite you despise so much.

But we digress.

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Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

@cleo

You were the one who brought up the scenario of an impoverished family

No I wasn't, if you read up further in what it was response to. But never mind.

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Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

@cleo

Completely irrelevant. Someone in that situation where 50,000 was make or break wouldn't be spending anything in any entertainment industry anywhere.

We are talking about the distribution of those that can spend and want to spend outside their immediate area. There's plenty of people in the country with the money for that, let's encourage them to do so.

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Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

@fxgai

I do understand your point, and looking at the big picture of makes sense.

But in the short term (up to a few decades), how can we 'abandon' the economically failing industries and regions?

Eventually people will adjust and regions may recover with alternate industries. But there will be a fair few suffering in the meantime.

Yes I know, your suggestion is not to entirely 'abandon', but no word would be positive. Neglect? Ignore?

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Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

I guess you don't live here to know that.

Rather an odd thing to suggest. But moving on...

So a two day one night trip can set you back 100.000.

Guess you must be loaded not to think that's a lot of money

No, spending 100,000 is not 'loaded'.

But that's the whole point. What would have cost your impoverished family 100,000 without the campaign now costs them 50,000. Much more reasonable... No?

And then they will do their usual eating out and spending... As much or as little as you deem fit for them to spend.

But they will be doing it somewhere else in the country. Reviving the entertainment sector nationwide.

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