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Posted in: Over 70% worried about economic outlook after consumption tax hike: survey See in context

The consumption tax is not the problem. It is the low wages coupled with a contract and part time work system.Add to the problem is high food prices for imported products caused by very high tariffs.

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Posted in: Aso plays down need for stimulus after tax hike See in context

If they want to increase consumer spending, just raise the minimum wage- is that so hard to understand since something like 60% of workers are on low wages and contract work.

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Posted in: Tax hike adds to woes for low-income households in Japan See in context

The consumption tax raise is not the problem. Low wages eg. minimum wage is the problem people with higher incomes can afford the tax. NZ for example has 15% tax but public hospitals are free, pension is funded out of the tax take, there is accident compensation, no compulsory health payments- you can join your own health payments system, food is cheap, welfare for poor and disadvantaged people is very good. A newly introduced system of quite a large rebate on winter power charges for everyone.

It is not he government that produces tax money. It is the workers who pay the taxes so it is only right that the government give back to their citizens in meaningful ways.

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Posted in: Musk unveils SpaceX rocket designed to get to Mars and back See in context

No one can go to Mars .

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Posted in: People living on ¥1 mil a year: How do they manage? See in context

Many Japanese are working on the very low minimum wage trying to survive. Japan has the lowest minimum wage of all OECD countries surveyed. So much for a country that is regarded as rich by the rest of the world. It is not just young people who are forced to take low wages on contract and non permanent jobs. Many are in the older group of people.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. seek to sign 'very big' trade deal in September See in context

GMO Corn ?

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Posted in: For our readers who live in Japan, what are some items you always make a point to bring back to Japan after you return from a trip abroad? See in context

BertieWooster,

Nice looking cheese, but Wow- the price per 100g ! NZ price Blue vein, 100g-333Yen. Colby cheese & Edom cheese ,740 Yen for 1kg. Brie & Camembert ,125g 250 Yen.

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Posted in: For our readers who live in Japan, what are some items you always make a point to bring back to Japan after you return from a trip abroad? See in context

Butter, cheese, bulk spices, ( none of these stupid small overpriced bottles of spice in Japan), Vogel bread.

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Posted in: U.S. aviation regulator bans select MacBook Pro laptops from flights See in context

kiwiboy,

Buy a Japanese computer.

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Posted in: There were an endless stream of people at the crosswalk. I thought pedestrians would stop for me. See in context

gaijintraveller,

pedestrians often trust the green pedestrian light and cross without checking the actual traffic situation.

Totally agree with what you say. Most Japanese just blindly cross a crossing without even a glance to judge the traffic, and in many cases peering down on their smart phones. When waiting on a left turn at a crossing, many times pedestrians and cyclists advance from behind the car and not the marked crossing and then feel bad if you didn't see them coming. These people have no idea of what drivers in Japan have to put up with.

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Posted in: There were an endless stream of people at the crosswalk. I thought pedestrians would stop for me. See in context

How about all those people crossing and especially the cyclists deliberately racing across the pedestrian crossing well after their light has turned red ? I encounter this every day when driving.

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Posted in: Theme-park food to be taxed 10% if eaten at table; 8% if eaten while walking See in context

afanofjapan

 Maybe this will motivate you to find a better paying job.

Do you really think that people want to work at a job for 900 yen per hour ? Many companies that should pay a proper livable wage employ people on contract and non permanent work thanks to the morons who bought this system in to Japan.

I know people who had special training for their job, and then after 5 years have to leave unless the company employs permanently. But, the good news is that they can return to the same job after 6 months away. People from necessity want to continue their work after 5 years even on their low wage but are punished by these idiotic Japanese rules.

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Posted in: Panel proposes average minimum wage of more than ¥900 for 1st time See in context

A government panel proposed Wednesday that the average hourly minimum wage in Japan should be raised to 901 yen in fiscal 2019, exceeding 900 yen for the first time ever as the consumption tax will be increased in October.

what sort of comment is that ? So, if the minimum wage rises again in the future, will they state the minimum wage rise exceeding 927 yen for the first time EVER. Any increase is the first time ever. ??

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Posted in: Panel proposes average minimum wage of more than ¥900 for 1st time See in context

To be inline with other OECD countries of higher rank, minimum wage needs to be Ten 1,500 per hour nation wide. A 27 Yen increase per hour is an insult to Japanese workers.

Unfortunately, there does not seem to be any organisation in Japan who can stand up for the people who have to work on low pay.

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Posted in: Trump slams congresswomen; crowd roars, 'Send her back!' See in context

Israel is established as Jewish land, as it was taken from the neandertal tribes when jews left Egypt

There is zero archeological evidence of Kews having been in Egypt, which means your argument isn't based in reality.

Correct ! It was the Hebrew Israelites that were captives in Egypt, not jews. The jews (Pharasees) themselves claimed proudly that they had been in bondage to no man therefore had not been in bondage in Egypt.

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Posted in: What do you think about the anti-vaccination movement that blames the medical practice of vaccinations for a wide range of health problems? See in context

JonorthToday  05:31 pm JST

Unfathomable. I do not understand what make regular Joe's think they know more science than scientist. It is anti-science, arrogance and an unwillingness to accept that some people know better than you.

There are plenty of scientists who know how dangerous vaccines can be and some of them have been murdered for speaking up. If you have read other news articles, various scientists have been paid off by drug companies for making false reports in favor of vaccines.

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Posted in: Gov't unveils measures to prevent car crashes caused by elderly drivers See in context

There is an easy way to stop mistakes on the accelerator pedal. Teach people to drive with 2 feet. Left foot for brake, right foot for accelerator. Once the brain learns this, it would be impossible to make a mistake.

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Posted in: Abe denounces attacks on tankers near Strait of Hormuz See in context

False flag- just an excuse to demonize and attack Iran. The so called video showing someone removing a mine is so blurry that you wouldn't know who it is.

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Posted in: Labor minister opposes banning female dress codes with high heels See in context

What the minister is referring to is shoes with the small heels called " Pumps " Just like in the photo above of Japanese women in their black pumps. In actual fact, what we term high heel shoes would be banned in most companies like banks etc. Pumps are basically part of the company uniform.

Everyone is completely misunderstanding what shoes the minister is referring to.

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Posted in: Elderly driver, passenger die in Fukuoka 5-car crash; 9 in hospital See in context

I just saw the video of the car which I believe was travelling down the centre line at more than 100 kph. It wasn't a mistake and appeared deliberate. Were they having a big argument and driver put his foot down ? It was horrifying. Don't blame all elderly drivers as though they all have dementia or something.

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Posted in: 4 injured after 80-year-old man backs car into them in Osaka See in context

Time to teach 2 feet driving for automatic cars. Left foot for the brake and right foot for the accelerator. It has other advantages like holding a car on a hill without having to yank on the side brake each time. The time for shifting the foot from the accelerator to the brake is too long. Once the brain has learned to using the left foot for the brake, it is impossible to make a mistake on the accelerator.

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Posted in: U.S. beefing up forces in Middle East to counter Iran See in context

What did Iran ever do to the USA ? Who in the past attacked Iran and murdered some of their scientists ? --- Israel.

In Trump's own words 12/1/16

We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. Our goal is stability not chaos.

In our dealings with other countries we will seek shared interests where-ever possible and pursue a new era of peace, understanding and goodwill.

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Posted in: Iran tells Japan it is exercising restraint despite escalation of U.S. sanctions See in context

In Trump's own words 12/1/16

We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. Our goal is stability not chaos.

In our dealings with other countries we will seek shared interests where-ever possible and pursue a new era of peace, understanding and goodwill.

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Posted in: U.S. warns merchant ships of possible Iranian attacks; cleric threatens U.S. fleet See in context

In Trump's own words 12/1/16

We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. Our goal is stability not chaos.

In our dealings with other countries we will seek shared interests where-ever possible and pursue a new era of peace, understanding and goodwill.

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Posted in: Russia, Japan say differences remain over disputed islands See in context

Give the islands back to Japan and the Yanks will want to set up their bases there right against Russia.

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Posted in: What are some of strangest company rules you've experienced at your workplace Japan? See in context

Not me, but having to be at work 15 minutes early to set up computer etc, and shut everything down after 8 hours in your own time without pay.

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Posted in: While the Japanese government relentlessly promotes the image of 'Cool Japan' and mega-tourism, the current reality is a country run by sociopathic Hitler-loving plutocrats, with plummeting press freedom, endemic poverty, rising censorship, deliberate destruction of public records, continual death by overwork, a corrupt bureaucracy, and a medieval justice system. Despite the triple meltdown of Fukushima, the government is rushing to start nuclear power plants again with reckless abandon. See in context

JimiMay 4  11:46 pm JST

@reckless spot on observation, i have noticed this over the years.. the biggest nationalists are the japanese who have lived overseas and come back with a chip on their shoulder..

They don't have a chip on their shoulder, they see now what is wrong with Japan compared to other places. There are also a lot of young Japanese who have gone overseas and will not come back. (according to their parents )

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Posted in: Pompeo slams 'aggressive behavior' by China, Russia in the Arctic See in context

In Trump's own words 12/1/16

We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. Our goal is stability not chaos.

In our dealings with other countries we will seek shared interests where-ever possible and pursue a new era of peace, understanding and goodwill.

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Posted in: Gaza-Israel violence flares into second day with rocket attacks, air strikes See in context

YuriOtani

How can the Palestinians go on the road to peace when the Israelis want them dead ? Ever seen a map of Palestine from the time Israel took over Palestine to now ? Israel has been forcing the Palestinians off the land for years, bulldozing their homes, uprooting their orchard farms, poisoning their water supplies, etc., and you people support Israel ?

By the way, the Jews have been forced out of a hundred countries in the past, I wonder why ?

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Posted in: While the Japanese government relentlessly promotes the image of 'Cool Japan' and mega-tourism, the current reality is a country run by sociopathic Hitler-loving plutocrats, with plummeting press freedom, endemic poverty, rising censorship, deliberate destruction of public records, continual death by overwork, a corrupt bureaucracy, and a medieval justice system. Despite the triple meltdown of Fukushima, the government is rushing to start nuclear power plants again with reckless abandon. See in context

Well said. I agree with everything except the nuclear issue. Japan has hundreds of alternative power generation plants but still requires nuclear power as other countries do.

The system is completely out of touch with the citizens of Japan in all the issues mentioned. The labour laws are useless, the pension collection system, lowest minimum wage of all developed countries. People are getting poorer and poorer and the powers to be don't understand the real cause of why the population is not increasing. - It's poverty.

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