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Posted in: A guide to pensions for foreign residents in Japan See in context

I always wondered but do foreigners pay the same amount of pension each month as Japanese people? I have heard that foreigners pay more.

Also I'm intrigued at how some foreigners can avoid paying for pension or health insurance? Wouldn't the bailiffs visit? My company just takes it out of my salary every month so I have no choice but to pay.

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Posted in: Japan needs anti-smoking law ahead of Tokyo Olympics: WHO See in context

Come on, what happened in other countries where they enforced a smoking ban? Did the economy go bust? No. Just too much fear everywhere... It's not that hard to go outside and smoke because at the end of the day smokers are pushing their unhealthy habits onto others.

Oh, and any person who thinks that smoking does not cause health problems has something seriously wrong with them...

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Posted in: Foreigners in Japan face significant levels of discrimination, survey shows See in context

Never had a problem getting credit cards here (have 3). The only time when I experienced discrimination was when trying to find an apartment (even with my salary being quite a lot above the norm). The real estate agent actually asked the person on the other end of the phone if they accept foreigners and a few said no which at the time I didn't even think about, but lost out on many nice places because of this. Frustrating...

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Posted in: 16-year-old girl arrested for beheading classmate in Sasebo See in context

Wow... Crimes over here getting more hidoi everyday - AKB members slashed, a woman's body delivered as a doll, young girls found dead in woods, now a beheading - and all in the space of a few months...What's going on Japan?!

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Posted in: Elderly people's manners increasingly deplorable See in context

From my experiences, I am just completely shocked at how rude the elderly are in Tokyo. They push people out of the way, shove, can't wait for anything, in a queue they get in front of you, and they have to be first in everything or my gosh...seriously. They never say sorry for what they're doing to others. I've never ever seen the elderly in England act that way. I'm just guessing it's a lack of manners. Everyone rushes to point out that Japan is such a polite country but have no idea about the reality, and lack of manners. I say just take everything you hear with a pinch of salt!

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Posted in: What makes people want to move to Japan? See in context

@Bogart Not sure what your definition of decent is but mine is a clean place, not too small, safe area, not too old. We have cleaners that come in everyday, and all my bills are included in my rent, so I always pay the same amount. I'm not fussy and I don't need an extravagant home (I don't like having many belongings), therefore I'm very happy with where I am at the moment as long as I can make the space mine, and I think 75,000 is enough to pay, I wouldn't pay more. I guess it also depends on a person's salary.

@sighclops Ah that's not too bad, the tax is about 20% - 30% depending on salary in the UK too and it can't be helped. Apart from the main salary there are always more ways to make extra cash here i.e freelance work, export, so I'm not worried at all. I guess it just depends on how much you spend. I don't spend a lot because I don't need a lot of things.

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Posted in: What makes people want to move to Japan? See in context

Since living here for a year, I can't think of living anywhere else now. I currently live in Tokyo and find it much better value than London. The healthcare is high quality and very cheap, the food is very quality and can be as cheap or expensive as you want to make it. You can get fruit and veggies for as little as 100 yen up to very expensive. The rent can be super cheap or super expensive, like with everything else. You can live in a decent place for around 75,000 yen which is like a standard rent amount in my opinion (I consider it not cheap but not expensive - average - possible to get cheaper). I find myself saving a lot of money and I'm not even trying. There are plenty of things to do, plenty of places to travel to and you always get to see new things. This is why I love Japan and I will definitely continue living here - the standard of life is great.

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Posted in: Man makes Y1 mil for three months of gaming See in context

Don't know about you but I'm super happy and have more than enough money to spend on whatever I want with 270,000-300,000 a month net paid in bank. Good on him!

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Posted in: Steam seen rising from Fukushima reactor: TEPCO See in context


They haven't done anything for two years, the problems that they caused, the people who can't go back to their homes, and now all the hype's on the Olympics. All those people who had to be relocated and had their families split apart, do you think they care about the Olympics? No. The government should be sorting out this mess as its number one priority - nothing else!!!

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Posted in: 41 dead swallows found on road in Hyogo See in context

Have they tested for you know... the obvious, radiation?

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Posted in: NRA says Fukushima water leak risk exaggerated See in context

Yeah and I guess the 152,000nSv/h spewing from Dai-ichi every day must be an exaggerated figure as well... sigh

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Posted in: Suga says Japan's fishery exports safe for consumption See in context

After all these lies I can't believe what they say anymore. Unless they print the radiation reading on the packet I won't be eating Japanese seafood (I live in Japan) in the near future and haven't been for 2 months now.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor slams Fukushima coverage on eve of 2020 vote See in context

"Tokyo Gov Naoki Inose blasted the media coverage of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant on Friday and said that people should not believe in scare stories but on basis and facts."

Ok so let's look at the facts. 13-09-07, 16:00, the radiation reading is 27,028nSv/h in Okuma and has been that way for a very long time. Isn't that a scary fact?

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Posted in: Numbers down at Fukushima beach See in context

Lookie here and then tell me if you'd visit the beach there or any coastal area in close proximity:

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Posted in: Nuclear crisis won't affect Games bid, says Tokyo gov; Abe to attend IOC vote See in context

I live in Tokyo and I don't think Tokyo should get the games. Here's why: 1. The Olympics should be given to a developing city. Tokyo is developed enough. 2. You have a highly unstable disaster-waiting to happen just 200+km away.

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Posted in: Woman found bound at home tied herself up to avoid going to work See in context

Lolz, someone needs to look for another job methinks. :P

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy falls between shinkansen, platform See in context

Damn, this is the second time it's happened - first that woman which all passengers tilted the train for, and now this kid. A 20 cm gap is not even that wide - the mind boggles.

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Posted in: Nuclear watchdog says TEPCO failed to properly monitor tanks See in context

The U.N.‘s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Wednesday it viewed the situation at Fukushima “seriously” and was ready to help if called upon

They're ready to help but of course Japan is not asking because they have a problem with asking for help. Even international tsunami aid should of been accepted a lot faster, but you know they're, Japanese so they have a pride complex.

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Posted in: Canned volcanic ash for sale See in context

So what do people actually to with that ash - just a souvenir?

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Posted in: Asiana Airlines to cancel Fukushima flights due to radiation fears See in context

@Onsen, I guess it's because in November the plant plans to remove those fuel rods.

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Posted in: Commuters receptive to JR’s innovative new system of keeping carriages cool See in context

Phew, thank God their innovative way is not using nuclear power. xD

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Posted in: Radioactive water from Fukushima plant may have reached sea See in context

Ooh man~! And I just love seafood so much but I really don't know if it's safe to eat anymore. I would really like to know - does all seafood on the market in Japan get tested for radiation these days? Anyone know?

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