The USA puts sanctions on Venezuela and then tries to send aid to show how good they are and how they care for the people of Venezuela.
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Just increase the minimum wage to the same level as in other developed countries. It is the people on minimum wages and part time/contract work who are suffering in Japan.
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Having no money is common in this country and very little welfare compared to other
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Couldn't have said better myself. Tarrifs are usually put in place to protect the local produce. However, many products imported do not have an equivalent produced like many types of cheeses. Other items that are not in competition should be tarriff free whether a trade agreement or not. How about rice like Basmati and Jasmine which is not grown in Japan. Would they be tarriff free ?
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Why no talk on raising the minimum wage ? According to OECD statistics, Japan had the second to lowest minimum wage for developed countries.
Someone claimed that women rated highly in the work force- yeah, all working on part time contracts with no benefits on very low minimum wage and with many working two jobs at a time . Let's see how it works on a basic wage of around 120,000 yen per month.
Rent--- power---gas---telephone--transport to and from work--- health insurance-- income tax---the pension tax---food. Just do the math.
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Free and fair trade ? As long as we keep the high tarrifs.
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Better that the Russians are on the Islands. If they weren't, the USA would try and set up their own bases on the Islands for sure.
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What welfare ?
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BertieWoosterToday 02:23 pm JST
Put the minimum wage up to ¥1,500, then everybody will have to double their prices so that they can afford to keep going. With sky high prices for everything, foreign exports will rocket and local businesses will go under. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Those countries with a good minimum wage like New Zealand are doing fine, and food etc. is half or more less than Japan. NZ does have their GST tax of 15% but all New Zealanders receive superannuation ( pension) and don't have to pay in to a Japanese like pension scheme which many people can not afford. Also public hospitals are free and there is an accident compensation system which is funded by employers.
Minimum wage in Japan really needs to be Yen 1,600.
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Reminds me of the great minimum wage rise of 30 yen per hour. An insult to Japanese people just like this car tax fiasco.
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tinawatanabeToday 04:43 pm JST
Car makers know more about cars than those transport ministry officials. ------------------------
I agree. To me, it is like a car being tested by a non A Grade mechanic. From my experience as a motor mechanic, those A Grade mechanics excell on the theories and exams but can be less competent on the practical ability of many non certified mechanics. I used to have the odd certified mechanics ask me how to do things.
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In other countries, pedestrians don't just blindly walk out on a pedestrian crossing without looking to see what traffic is coming. Going by this article it seems that if people are standing at a crossing then vehicles have to stop whether you know or don't know if they are actually going to cross.
Common sense would say that you should wait until the road is clear enough to cross. Other western countries are just as strict when it comes to pedestrian crossings and people there don't just blindly walk out with approaching vehicles. Too many crossings in Japan are badly lit as well
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If there is anyone who breaks the law on pedestrian crossings it is the morons who deliberately cross on the red and the cyclists who do the same and stop legitimately turning left traffic who are on the green turning light. As a driver in Japan for 30 years, I would say that most motorists are careful when turning on crossings.
I think that those who complain so much about motorists don't drive and have no idea what it is like to drive in this busy country. These people who complain about vehicle drivers are the same ones that walk along the road whilst there is a footpath right beside them, and the cyclists who ride on the wrong side of a 2 way road against oncoming traffic and without any lights at night. Even though the city has marked on the road the direction for cyclists, they are just ignored.
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Reminds me of " Livedoor "
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Lowest minimum wage from developed countries surveyed, coupled with non regular and part time employment is the problem. You can't survive well in Japan on a wage of Yen 120,000 per month. Rent, power, gas, phone, health insurance, pension payment, tax, food, transport--- do the math.
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There are plenty of women in the workforce. They are all in non secure part time work with low wages and no benefits.
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I am sure they mean ejection !
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Self driving cars will never be successful. Does one need to explain why ?
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Well, that's no way to get your islands back.
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I used to think that the islands should be returned, but the way things are going with the USA around the world I would say no. The islands are on Russia's door step and if returned to Japan, the USA would demand them for it's bases. No.No, No. Better to work together with Russia on a joint venture to develop the islands.
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" higher bonus payments pushed up real wages, ----" I guess that all those people on their miserable minimum wage are not on real wages. Minimum wage is the lowest out of all OCED countries surveyed. New Zealand minimum wage is around 1,200 Yen and NZ type consumption tax is 15%. But, free public hospital, Accident compensation for all, no additional pension payments, voluntary health payments and many goods far cheaper than Japan. Especially food. By the way, what is good about inflation ?
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Unfortunately, many roads in Japan are too narrow to be able to change anything. When I first came to Japan, no one cycled on the road. But then, cyclists rode on the sidewalks with more care and there did not seem to be too many problems. There will never be any way to change this whilst roads are so narrow. It becomes a give and take between vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
Today, cyclists are becoming a bigger menace by not following normal traffic rules. They race across pedestrian crossings while they are red, therefore stopping legitimate left turning traffic. They cross from behind vehicles on an angle from which car drivers can not see. They race down the wrong side of the road and race through pedestrians on diagonal pedestrian crossings. Even though a lot of city roads now have cyclist arrowed signs for bicycles, they still completely ignore them.
As a person who drives every day, I would say that drivers in Japan are far more law abiding and have more tolerance to the law breaking cyclists and pedestrians who in many cases are just as bad. Another problem is cycling on busy roads with no lights or even rear reflectors. I have no problem with cyclists on the sidewalks as long as the ride responsibly and do not speed.
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I know people who work for a particular company ( and other companies) who are employed for 8 hours but have to be at work 10 minutes earlier to set up for the day without being paid for that time, and also to finish up 10 minutes after their 8 hours as well without pay. Even though they clock in and out they are not paid for the time. They also dock 10 minutes each for morning and afternoon tea breaks.
When I worked for a company in my home country, we used to be able to make a coffee whenever we wanted. Everyone much more relaxed and happy doing their work. In Japan it seems that even going to the toilet is frowned upon.
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If a politician added 15% to the consumption tax across the board, he/she would be voted out of office. However, 14% inflation will accomplish the same thing and only cause a little grumbling.-------------------------------------------------------------
In New Zealand, their consumption type tax is 15%, but everyone is eligible for pension without having to pay anything in , Hospitals are free, no additional car purchasing tax with added consumption tax like Japan, food sold by the kg and not per each like Japan.
You see, people would not mind paying more consumption tax if they were freed from all the additional tax burdens like health Insurance and pension payments and other non consumption taxes. The Gov. should return more to the Japanese people who pay taxes.
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It's not the problem of baking a cake because they are gay, but the message that they were to place on the cake.
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We used to eat the eels until the price went up to more than a cost of a good steak. If they lowered the price more people could afford to eat them instead of them being dumped which must be a big loss.
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Truck drivers regardless are skilled at what they do. They deserve the same pay. I sure wouldn't want to drive a truck in Japan.
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