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Posted in: 28-year-old mother arrested after 2-month-old son dies of malnutrition See in context

Having no money is common in this country and very little welfare compared to other

developed countries.

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Posted in: What do you think about the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that went into effect on Dec 30, without the U.S.? See in context


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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Posted in: Abe asks business leaders to raise wages before sales tax hike See in context

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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Posted in: Suga says Japan wants to promote free and fair trade for global economy See in context

Free and fair trade ? As long as we keep the high tarrifs.

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Posted in: Russia to move troops into new barracks on disputed islands near Japan See in context

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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Posted in: Polled economists say Japan should raise sales tax above 10% to fund welfare costs: See in context

What welfare ?

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Posted in: Ruling bloc to agree on tax reforms spurring car, home purchases See in context

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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Posted in: Ruling bloc to agree on tax reforms spurring car, home purchases See in context

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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Posted in: Nissan hit by new inspection scandal See in context

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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Posted in: Cracking down on drivers at pedestrian crossings by police will prove successful in raising the awareness of the pedestrian-first policy among drivers. See in context

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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Posted in: Cracking down on drivers at pedestrian crossings by police will prove successful in raising the awareness of the pedestrian-first policy among drivers. See in context

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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Posted in: Ghosn to be detained for another 10 days; Nissan board to vote on his dismissal See in context

Reminds me of " Livedoor "

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Posted in: Gov't considering Y10 trillion stimulus to offset sales tax hike: sources See in context

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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Posted in: IMF chief urges revamp of Japan's economic policy, more women in workforce See in context

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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Posted in: Saitama hospital threatens to inject owners of illegally parked cars with needles See in context

I am sure they mean ejection !

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Posted in: GM, Honda team up to produce self-driving vehicles See in context

Self driving cars will never be successful. Does one need to explain why ?

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Posted in: Japan, Britain hold joint military exercise in central Japan See in context

Well, that's no way to get your islands back.

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Posted in: Putin tells Abe he hopes for peace treaty this year See in context

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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Posted in: Japan's household spending rebounds as wages rise, trade woes cloud outlook See in context

" 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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Posted in: Trump says U.S., Japan have begun talks on trade See in context


I am not a Trump bashing troll but thumbed you down for your worthless comment.

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Posted in: Japan's road system needs to be redesigned to make it safer for cyclists See in context

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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Posted in: Kobe gov't official's pay docked for repeatedly taking lunch 3 minutes early See in context

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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Posted in: Japan inflation stuck at 0.7% in May, way below target See in context

Commanteer said,

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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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court rules for baker in gay wedding cake case See in context

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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Posted in: 2.7 tons of broiled eel dumped last year in Japan: Greenpeace See in context

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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Posted in: Top court accepts wage gap between rehired seniors, regular workers See in context

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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Posted in: No. of children in Japan falls for 37th year to new record low See in context

Part time jobs with no security, low wages, high prices- what do you expect.

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Posted in: Terminally-ill British toddler at center of legal battle dies See in context

I believe the child had 6 vaccines previously. Is that why the doctors did not want the child taken to another hospital in Rome ?

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Posted in: Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize, says S Korea's Moon See in context

Perhaps Kim Jong Un should get the Nobel peace prize.

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