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Amanda RyallDec. 09, 2012 - 02:10PM JST
Julian Lennon is the one who had all the talent and was musically-gifted. Such a shame his success was robbed of him.
Posted in: Remembering John Lennon
amakuriApr. 24, 2010 - 05:13PM JST
Can anyone tell me what the laws are here on home ownership? If I have a permanent residency visa can I buy a home here? Or must one have Japanese citizenship? I imagine one could not buy or own a home with only a work visa.
Posted in: Building in Japan
amakuriMay. 25, 2009 - 04:05PM JST
NigelBoy: Thanks for the link. What I am still unclear of is whether or not I can get the full pension entitlement made into my Australian pension account (either lump-sum or in installments) should I withdraw and return home before the 25 year requirement which is presently law. I understand from your both links above that the application for lump-sum withdraw payments can be made before or after leaving Japan.
I guess we will have to wait and see if the new bill is passed in the Diet this week and it`s implications for everyone.
Posted in: Proposed resident registry card for foreigners creates Big Brother concerns
amakuriMay. 23, 2009 - 10:21AM JST
Im still residing in Japan so Im not sure how effective this is, but I found a website company that can help get tax and pension payments back once you leave the country (appears you have to do it within two years). Does anyone have any experience with this, and I wonder if you can get the full amount of pension back or just part? Something to consider perhaps if they bring in the changes....
m still residing in Japan so I
amakuriMay. 17, 2009 - 10:09PM JST
Re; Patrick Smash at 09:58 PM JST - 16th May
"I reckon it's about money at the end of the day. Notice that the writer views being placed on social insurance and state pension a pro not a con. Stay in Japan and pay in to a system that will not pay you back. It is not a pension. It is a huge tax, which foreigers here are already massive net-payers of.
To get the full pension (whatever that will mean) you have to pay in for 20 years straight, as does your company. That means foreigners on contract jobs or anyone over 40 is absolutely screwed by this. There will be no more avoidance of intransigent Japanese systems that cannot work for the majority of foreigners.
Japan has never welcomed foreigners, which is probably true of most countries. They don't extend foreigners basic human rights. But when this comes in they will expect all foreigners to pay an even higher burden of tax than they do now, higher than their Japanese counterparts, knowing most foreigenrs cannot receive their dues from the system.
As far as I'm concerned, as soon as I get forced onto shakai-hoken, I start a 3-year countdown to departure. I will take my sons with me exactly 3 years to the dat after this starts, reclaim the 3 years of payments I made from abroad, and Japan will be deprived of the resource it most needs. Believe me, privacy of the IC chip info. is a really minor part of this. The main purpose of its introduction is to control foreigners far more aggressively, so that that they can be more easily billed"
I totally agree with Patrick about the governments hidden agenda. This government plans to milk us for all we are worth.....I have suspected this for a long time, especially with the rapidly aging society and long-term economic recession. After hearing this today, my Australian husband and I will seriously have to consider returning home if this is passed. We have had private health insurance since coming here over 9 years ago. I wonder if we would have to back pay. Weve never paid into the National Health or Pension Scheme.
s hidden agenda. This government plans to milk us for all we are worth.....I have suspected this for a long time, especially with the rapidly aging society and long-term economic recession. After hearing this today, my Australian husband and I will seriously have to consider returning home if this is passed. We have had private health insurance since coming here over 9 years ago. I wonder if we would have to back pay. We
How can our voices be heard? Where is the United Nations on this?
amakuriApr. 07, 2009 - 09:22PM JST
She looks like the female teller at my local bank or the woman behind the checkout at the supermarket....hmmm fushigi desu ne!
Posted in: Human-looking robot smiles in Japan classroom
amakuriMar. 15, 2009 - 04:11PM JST
That is probably the ugliest thing Ive seen yet. I hope thedesigners` read these comments.
ve seen yet. I hope the
amakuriDec. 09, 2008 - 10:00PM JST
Leave Japan and raise Aiko overseas.
Posted in: What's your recommendation for helping Crown Princess Masako recover fully from whatever is ailing her?
amakuriSep. 29, 2008 - 08:13PM JST
The population is going to decline much more rapidly than they expect given all these murders!
Posted in: Police arrest mother for strangling 11-year-old son in Yokosuka
amakuriSep. 29, 2008 - 08:09PM JST
Please JT, take a lead in this country and show some pictures of women who actually contribute something worthwhile to society and the planet!
Posted in: Naomi Kawashima
May. 21, 2013 - 05:57PM JST
The worry always seems to be that the measures needed to help Japan to do well…
Posted in: Little sign Abe can shake up Japan's inbound foreign direct investment
May. 21, 2013 - 05:55PM JST
I'd prefer a few score thousand women getting raped and paid for it than 20-30 Nankings…
Posted in: Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of wartime sex abuse
May. 21, 2013 - 05:54PM JST
Can't anyone shut this guy up???!!!
May. 21, 2013 - 05:51PM JST
What do you consider a first world country?
Google "first world country"
You mean Anglo Saxon…
Any sane person who actually enjoys GOOD music should be saying the same thing.
Posted in: Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift big winners at Billboard Awards