Yes, legalise it. I have friends who have smoked it over the years and they are still perfectly normal. Besides, it is the only natural thing that can take suffering away from cancer sufferers and those with painful medical problems.
Ever watch " Cops" on TV ? All they seem to do is jail people with a ittle packet of the stuff they find on them. What a waste of time and police rescources.
And then, In Japan you can't even purchase online nutritional Hemp seeds which is not the same as Marijuana and that ban also includes Hemp oil and Dr Bonners soaps made with Hemp oil. However, you can buy bird seeds and some Japanese condiments containing Hemp seeds. Rules for some and not others.
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Give them 15 years of Jail like they gave the Japanese tourists who were obviously set up around 13 years ago.
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The brake pedal is on the left side to the accelerator pedal.
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Have you ever had your foot on the brake and seen the car next to you moving and thought that you were moving ? Even to an experienced driver, such a thing can completely unnerve you and make you push the brake pedal even harder.
So, I can quite imagine a person pushing down on the accelerator and thinking that they had their foot on the brake pedal and pushing down even harder in a panic.
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Four tonnes of water is only 4 cubic metres. Will fit in one corner of my room. Do they mean tons or tonnes . I thought Japan was metric.
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If any wage needs raising, it is the minimum wage. 850-950 yen an hour in this country is a disgrace. With such an income, a person is unable to rent a decent place to live and buy their food, pay health care and pension payments. How is it that some other civilized countries can fund the pension scheme from the tax take ? Pension payments are just another form of tax apart from normal income tax, except if you can't keep up your payments you will lose all you have paid in and receive no pension either.
Even 10 percent consumption tax would not be bad providing income tax was reduced and all other sales and purchasing taxes were removed. Especially in the case of a new car, purchasing tax which is just the same as a consumption tax but under a different name. How about removing the 23odd yen extra so called temporary tax on fuel.
Japan claims that thier consumption tax is lowest in the world, but fail to mention all the other taxes levied on all sorts of goods an services.
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Believe it when you actually see evidence like photos etc. No evidence just like another Sandy Hook massacre. There are Google screen shots taken by digital camera which shows reports this happening the 15th, one day before it supposedly took place. Figure that one out.
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I come from a country that has many roundabouts. Traffic is nowhere near as dense as Japan but it can be mayhem trying to get round one if all the traffic keeps coming steadily around without a break. Won't work in Japan very well. I see a lot of crashes. Instead of roundabouts, they should time the traffic lights better. In actual fact, there are many places that don't really need traffic lights at all. One street I use often has 4 sets of lights. When one goes green, the next one goes red and so on even though there is no traffic from the side streets.
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umbrellaSep. 12, 2013 - 12:05AM JST well japan has about 40% of its workers on these rubbish, totally insecure, futureless temporary contracts andhas a minimum wage at a disgusting 750 yen an hour. No wonder workers don't give a damn..........................................................
I am glad to see that some people are aware of the pathetic part time work system and pitiful minimum hourly rate in Japan. I know of middle aged skilled workers who have lost jobs and are forced to work in such jobs to try and survive. Go and see what these low paid workers buy for their dinners at night-- Cup Noodles.
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Mitch Cohen Like it or not, US plays an important role in maintaining order in this world. ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
Are you kidding ? Did you mean " disorder in this world " ?
But I'm thankful that the Americans take this role seriously, rather than put their own self interest ahead (and in rightly so) like the UK for example.;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
Self Interest ? Everything USA does is self interest.
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cleoSep. 02, 2013 - 12:35PM JST A consumption tax is a fair type of tax No, it's regressive and wildly unfair: a consumption tax takes proportionately more from the less wealthy. By what twisted logic is it right for the less well-off to pay proportionately more taxes than the more well-off?......................................
The wealthy are always going to be well off no matter what taxes are in place. You would rather see someone who gets 900 yen an hour give a portion of it away to the government ? Taxes should be on spending only. By reducing income tax on lower wages when consumption tax rises, will give people more to spend and more incentive to work .
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A consumption tax is a fair type of tax providing all other sales taxes and other strange taxes are removed along with a drop in the income tax. Income tax is theft of a person's labour.
Look at it this way. A person works for a company that produces an article and when sells it, collects consumption tax for the government. The employee who has received wages for producing the article is then robbed of his wages for producing that article that the government collects tax on.
How is it that a small country like New Zealand with its small population can manage ok with it's welfare system, free public hospitals, no additional pension or healthcare payments. An accident compensation scheme funded through employers ensures that everyone has free treatment for accident related injuries.
Their consumption tax across the board is 15 percent but there are no other sales taxes, no taxes on second hand private housing, No death taxes.When the consumption tax ( GST) was implemented, there was a reduction in the income tax rate. The pension system is also built in to the tax system.
The pension system and health payments are just another extra tax grab in Japan, except people no longer can afford to make these payments on top of their normal living expenses. I think Japan wastes too much money- actually we know they do.
Read the post above from Marcelito. I couldn't have said better.
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TOKYO — Japan is escaping deflation, the government said on Friday as data showing rising prices, falling unemployment, higher incomes and factory activity gathering momentum pointed to an ongoing recovery in the world’s third-largest economy.;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
Falling unemployment, higher incomes ?? Rubbish. Minimum wage in Japan must be one of the lowest in the developed world. Wait, I think they gave a 40 yen an hour raise recently. If unemployment is falling, it will be because of all the people who have to work at part time jobs at a miserable rate. Oh, I forgot, workers don't get their bonuses anymore.
Let Japan deflate. First time I have seen food and other goods sell at reasonable prices. Last thing you need is higher prices in Japan. Many imported goods that I have seen selling in Japan can be bought for half the price in other countries. Cheaper to buy many items from USA and still end up cheaper even with the freight charges.
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As Judo is a Japanese sport, it should be played out as it was originally intended. I have watched olympic judo bouts in the past which have been basterdised by other countries own versions of the sport. Add to that the obvious unfair judging by judges who are incompetent. They even refuse to review videos of the bouts in the case unfair verdicts, thereby robbing Japanese of their fairly won medals.
Why do they need blue Judo suits ? Can't the judges tell who is who on the mat ?
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BluescriptAug. 26, 2013 - 12:45PM JST There is a proof Assad has used the chemical weapons against innocent civilians. You need to get the facts straight. Since you have your facts straight, could you please share with us the proof that Assad is behind any chemical attack?
I have to ask the same question- where is the proof. Anyway, What is the point of Assad killing his own people ? Completely illogical.
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In my home country, GST is 15 percent but there are no other sales taxes like Japan. No car purchasing tax apart from GST, no separate pension payments for those who age before you, no health insurance payments( unless private ) and hospital care is for everyone, no asset taxes, no citizen taxes, no tax on sales of a private home.
When GST (goods and services tax) was implimented, income tax was also reduced and all other sales taxes were removed. A tax on goods and services is a fair tax but income tax from a working person's labour is theft. (think about it)
Japanese government thinks you should pay more consumption tax and still hold on to the other taxes which in most cases is the same thing.
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Many people can no longer find jobs and if they do, it is usually a part time job with such low hourly rates that it is impossible to even rent a reasonable apartment let alone buy food and pay the power bills. Japan's hourly rates are the worst I have seen for a supposedly wealthy and advanced country.
As a comparison, New Zealand minimum wage for everyone is around NZ$13.50 per hour -Yen app.1,000. No pension payments to make, no health insurance payments unless privately made. Food is half the price or less. Basically everything is cheaper. I understand that law also requires holiday to be paid also. And when they get old, they will receive their pension as it all comes out of the taxation system.
How can anybody live in Japan on their own with 800 or so yen an hour ? In some areas of Japan the hourly rate is under 700 yen an hour. I know of a skilled person working at a job for 900 yen an hour and pays yen 30,000 per month in travel expenses to his work and back.
A lot of people in Japan who are forced to work part time jobs, try to work at two different places in a normal week so that they do not have to pay tax or pay in to the corrupted pension system. It actually works out at a much higher income than working only at one job.
Welcome to Japan. Don't think that people are lazy or don't want to work. They are forced to stay with parents because they can not afford to live elsewhere.
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firstname.lastname@example.orgAug. 10, 2013 - 11:08AM JST In 2011 Japan exported $129 Billion in goods to the USA, while the USA exported $66 Billion to Japan. Judging from these numbers.... Japan does not want to change anything.
Why don't you take the populations of both countries into account. USA 311 million people, Japan 126 million people. Sounds pretty fair to me.
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sangetsu03Aug. 08, 2013 - 10:36AM JST
Everything you have written about the Japanese system is 100 percent correct. I don't know how people think that everything is so great in Japan. Even if you pay your health insurance, don't end up in hospital for any time because it will cost you a small fortune. I suspect that the percentage that you pay is on an inflated price right from the beginning.
" It is as ineffective and bureaucratic as the rest of government-administered programs." How right you are ! Perhaps when TPP comes in, japanese people will see how they have been ripped off with their strange taxes, health and pension systems, and overpriced products.
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Yep, the NSA intelligence is working. Their intelligence gathering is so good that they have closed down something like 9 USA embassies. Yes, the NSA has thwarted so many terroist attacks in the past - so they say. the bull@&#% meter just went off the clock.
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They have to justify their illegal spying on everyone and try to convince people that their spying is producing results. Their intelligence gathering can't even show which embassy is going to be attacked. if anything is going to happen on Sunday it will probably be another one of these false flag operations. See, we told you so!
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Japan makes the best fridges in the world. Even took one back to NZ. Everyone amazed at the styling, features, quality etc.
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Ka_Chan But low taxes doesn't mean you will be happy. The country that ranks as one of the "world's happiest country" is Denmark with an effective personal tax rate of 55.38% and sale taxes of 25%.----------------------------------------------
Then we should raise taxes as much as possible so people can be happier? I think you will find that there are a lot more benefit programs and people are cared for more than in Japan. As an example, how about 100% free health care for everyone in Denmark?
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StormR Time to get a real job then instead of the sleeper job alot choose to do. Use some initiative and gumption and make your own job. World is full of opportunity if people only cared to look and think. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Unfortunately, many skilled workers are out of work in Japan and are forced to take on part time jobs at very low hourly rates for a so called rich country. Try working at yen 800 per hour and see if you can even rent a decent place to live.Oh, I forgot- you have to find the money to pay in to the pension scheme. I didn't say your pension scheme because the government claims it is for others, not yours.
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TPP will work if it's only between the original countries who proposed this trade agreement.
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Non tarrif barriers like what ? Doesn't seem to affect the sale of European cars. I have noticed an increase of new European cars on the road this year. Benz, Audi, VW, Peugot, BMW, Mini etc.
There must be some Japanese law against the import of US cars that we don't know about.
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Japanese people are already third rate citizens thanks to the greedy government policies regarding pension payments and minimum wages, welfare, hospital treatment etc.
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Some of these kids are little gangsters and I am not suprised if they were punched. My wife and I were greeted with a number of punks with girls includes as well who tried to block us getting out of an apartment lift. I had to push one out of the way but if it ever happens again, I won't be controlling myself. When we got out , the floor was covered in drink cans, cigarette butts and rubbish strewn around.
Did the guy punch these kids for nothing? I certainly don't think so.
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