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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Yeah, but have you seen them ?
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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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Part time jobs with no security, low wages, high prices- what do you expect.
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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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Perhaps Kim Jong Un should get the Nobel peace prize.
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It's easy, raise the minimum wage to 1500 yen per hour in line with other developed countries and remove double taxes like car purchasing tax which does the same job. It is the lower wage people who suffer the most.
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Who wants to work for 813 yen per hour ? Even in New Zealand the minimum wage of $16 works out to around 1,200 yen per hour with no pension tax to pay or health insurance and with food half the price of Japan.
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Japanese people don't know what Brussel sprouts are. Try finding any at your local supermarket.
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I used to believe that the islands should be returned. However, I think that if they were returned to Japan, the Americans would take them for their own military base. Better to develop the islands together with Russia.
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You got to be kidding. At first I thought this was going to be a new thing for Japanese people. If we as citizens in Japan can't pay the monthly health insurance we are out of luck, yet the Gov. can give 2.9 billion dollars to strangers in other countries.
Doesn't Abe know that there are many people in poverty in Japan who are unable to make payments in to the pension fund and health system ?
" At present, the WHO aims to ensure by 2030 that 80% of the population of developing countries have access to basic health services and that no one falls into poverty due to out-of-pocket expenses on health care." WHAT ABOUT HERE
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