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SpeedMay. 27, 2015 - 08:31AM JST
If the owners can't be located then that means they aren't paying any property taxes. The tax records show ownership.
Remember, these are ramshackle homes on the verge of crumbling and haven't been lived in for long periods of time. They're not targeting just old and unlived in homes.
Having the owners pay for demolition and creating a clean open lot would be a lot better for the neighbors and neighborhood as far as safety and eyesores are concerned.
It would also create more open spaces for kids to play in. It'd also give a little more "breathing room" for some of the more cramped neighborhoods.
Posted in: Law goes into effect allowing derelict vacant houses to be demolished
SpeedMay. 27, 2015 - 07:36AM JST
If after a certain amount of time the owner can't be located then the city should pay for the demolition and take ownership of the property.
Afterward, build a home on it. Rent it out and use the money as income for the city.
Make some of them low-income housing for poorer families and for the increasing number of elderly.
If the lot is big enough, make some of them into the much needed day-care/nursery schools that many of the bigger cities desperately needs.
SpeedMay. 27, 2015 - 07:25AM JST
I strongly disagreed with the 2012 ruling. Glad to see this in the headlines this morning.
Posted in: Teachers awarded compensation for being forced to sing national anthem
SpeedMay. 26, 2015 - 06:23PM JST
Poor kids. Seems like their mother is throwing away a chance to nurture and spend valuable time with her beautiful family.
She'll regret running off to join an extremist organization, that not only massacres those that don't follow their inflexible doctrine, but also one that treats people of her gender like dirt.
Posted in: Australian mother abandons children to join IS
SpeedMay. 26, 2015 - 08:52AM JST
Thanks for the recommendation, lostrune2. Some ads are fine, but recently it's gotten ridiculous.
Posted in: YouTube's 1st decade shows sharing free content pays off
SpeedMay. 26, 2015 - 07:53AM JST
Give him his birthday wish.
Posted in: Man pleads guilty to fatally stabbing 2 people on Osaka street in 2012
SpeedMay. 25, 2015 - 09:22PM JST
Poor people. Their plight sounds so desperate.
Posted in: Malaysia finds graves of 139 suspected trafficking victims
SpeedMay. 25, 2015 - 09:04PM JST
I used to love surfing YouTube and following the related video links.
I sometimes used to do it all night before they began putting in ads at the beginning of so many of the videos.
Now after a few vids I get frustrated with it all and go to other sites.
SpeedMay. 23, 2015 - 07:52AM JST
The whole instability of this area began with the Iraq-Iran War starting in 1980.
Posted in: IS militants purge Palmyra of Assad loyalists
SpeedMay. 22, 2015 - 08:13AM JST
I'm hoping China makes one small mistake and the US blows them right out of the sky.
I hope they make the Chinese think twice about all the aggression and trouble they're causing everywhere.
Posted in: China, U.S. assert rights after exchange over South China Sea
SpeedMay. 22, 2015 - 07:57AM JST
I can't even remember when Tokyo didn't have a building boom, like some14some said above.
There is nothing remotely close to a building boom, pay raises, or economic upturn anywhere in Shikoku.
I highly doubt there's any "boom" anywhere outside of Tokyo either.
Maybe they should rename this country from "Japan" to "Tokyo".
Posted in: Building boom
SpeedMay. 19, 2015 - 08:40AM JST
This is frightening.
They really need some way to find some way to separate the plane's control system from the passengers' in-flight entertainment system/Internet.
Posted in: U.S. security expert says he hacked plane controls mid-flight
SpeedMay. 19, 2015 - 08:37AM JST
"Don't bite off more than you can chew." - Yoda
Posted in: With time running out, Japan to scale back stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
SpeedMay. 19, 2015 - 08:26AM JST
I feel so sorry for the people.
Imagine for the last 12 years of constantly fearing.....shia, sunni, US military, or now IS......will kill or displace you and your family.
Posted in: IS militants slaughter collaborators after taking Iraqi city of Ramadi
SpeedMay. 18, 2015 - 09:06AM JST
This is when a map attachment would come in handy.
Posted in: Japan recognizes tiny Pacific island of Niue as a country
SpeedMay. 18, 2015 - 09:03AM JST
They should relocate to Kyushu or Shikoku.
There's lots of space and local economies who could use the economic push of having more people and businesses develop there.
Posted in: Thousands rally against U.S. military base on Okinawa
SpeedMay. 17, 2015 - 04:43PM JST
It sure would be nice to be able to stay in a hotel room and be charged by the room and not by the # of people.
That would make my stays only about 5,000 yen rather than 20,000 per night. I'd travel more.
Abe should talk to that ministry and yell at them about this.
Posted in: Abe eyes new action plan to boost tourism to Japan
SpeedMay. 17, 2015 - 11:45AM JST
Osaka really needs a big shake-up. It's economy and vitality has been sinking for 25 years now. (I know Kanto and Chubu have, too but they've had occasional upticks now and then while Kansai hasn't.)
To answer the poster above who asked how would this save money, each ward has its own separate bureaucracy and lots of govt workers. Having 5 "special districts" would cut down on this dramatically. This is what happened when Koizumi merged the hundreds of villages and towns across Japan in the early/mid 2000s.
Osaka needs something to pull it out of its free falling economy and stagnant funk especially in the southern part of the prefecture which is bordering on bankruptcy. This plan might help.
Posted in: Osaka to hold referendum on Hashimoto's merger plan
SpeedMay. 16, 2015 - 08:31AM JST
"It would not be terrible to leave her children behind."
Posted in: Woman, four children found dead in Aichi home
SpeedMay. 10, 2015 - 08:10AM JST
This is similar to the nonsense where a vehicle that causes an accident is only partially responsible since the other vehicle assumes some responsibility for just being on the road.
This has happened to a couple of my friends. Here's one instance.
A large trailer truck pulled out onto a road without seeing my friend coming down the road on his motorcycle and he ended up sliding under the trailer and breaking his foot.
Although it was the truck driver's negligence which caused the accident, he wasn't held 100% responsible (even though he was).
My friend was also held responsible for "being on the road". The road laws need to be changed. Maybe infused with some common sense.
Perhaps some actual police work and insurance claim investigating would help, too.
Posted in: Fukui accident victim wins claim against fellow victims
May. 28, 2015 - 09:03PM JST
some people think xenophobia and racism are all but dead in America.
Yep, and people come…
Posted in: Trolls cast pall over U.S. spelling bee
May. 28, 2015 - 09:02PM JST
Seems like a short amount of time for such a serious offense. I wonder if this…
Posted in: Man who deliberately drove car into pedestrians jailed for 12 years
Sessha wa beeroo ga hoshi
May. 28, 2015 - 08:58PM JST
Oh yes, I met these guys (自衛隊イラク復興支援群?, Jietai Iraku Fukkou Shiengun) a largely humanitarian contingent of…
Posted in: 54 SDF members sent to Iraq, Indian Ocean committed suicide over 10-year period
May. 28, 2015 - 08:54PM JST
@crustpunkerMAY. 28, 2015 - 02:37PM JST
The national anthem is often played before baseball games in…
Hmmmm, here's one way for China to put the US in a jam:
-seed the area…
Posted in: Pentagon chief says U.S. flights over South China Sea will go on