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browny1Nov. 30, 2013 - 10:51PM JST
Thanks for the reply.
Interesting - but as i stated my concern is not what Ks sell for -, but simply that they have to pay for their spot on the road. And the way I see it, they are not paying their way. They are being subsidized by others. And I'm sure if Ks never existed farmers, businesses, companies, shops etc would still have developed.
The only reason an overdue increase in their taxes hasn't eventuated is because wimpy govts(read ldp) haven't had the gumption to bite the hand that feeds them - the rural voters.
Sure - sell Ks for 60man - hell sell'em for 40man - I don't care. BUT be fair and pay at least a respectable proportion of the tax that other similar road users pay. That's all.
Posted in: Proposal to triple taxes on K-cars raises concerns among rural drivers
browny1Nov. 30, 2013 - 05:38PM JST
Well that's good for your company.
I'm NOT arguing the dealer room price.
And did your company ONLY put on 5 staff because of the K cars?
And what on earth has the revenue generated by your car car got to do with my wife's duet???
Do you mean that if your company bought 5 Duets 8 years ago it would be a loser or what? Just need a more concise comparative explanation.
The whole poiint of my post was that Ks now are not the motorized wheelbarrows of yesteryear. As fully fit exponents of motorization they need to pay their % of road tax, city tax, registration tax etc. The example of my wife's car was obviously missed by you. Why should tax advantages be afforded to a vehicle that clearly no longer has a lot of the original stated advantages???
And if tripling the taxes - means an extra 2 man/year over 10 years (￥400/week) and businesses can't afford it, well sorry I'd suggest the boss to give up 1 beer a week or a packet of cigarettes or 1 coffee or 1 bowl of ramen or something.
I love K cars - I had a J-Pop for yonks and drove it into the ground, and what a cheap ride it was, but don't any one cry tears coz they might have to pay more to keep their same spot on the road as anyone else.
browny1Nov. 30, 2013 - 01:47PM JST
The original concept of the Kei Car has long passed. A cheap utilatarian vehicle for the poor(ish) and space disadvantaged was welcomed years ago.
But now many Keis are larger than some compact cars, have luxuries and costs much higher than many compacts and their often quoted "miserly fuel consumption" is being met by compact cars and passed in many cases esp by hybrids. (Big Tax Breaks for hybrids anyone?)
Also a cars running economy is only as good as it's regular maintenance. My mechanic has told me that many of the Ks he services only come in at shakken time and no way in hell are they getting the mileage they should. (miserly owners owning miserly cars?) He esp said simple oil/filter/spark plug changes and tire rotations/changes were not regular on many basic models. Why should my wife's meticulously maintained 8yr old Toyota Duet with it's 990cc motor, lighter than many Ks weight and shorter body length, superior safety and acceleration cost almost the same as my van in registration and taxes?
It's time they started to pay their due owings.
browny1Nov. 30, 2013 - 01:26PM JST
Er - I think you've all been a bit mislead by the article.
AFAIK - He was invited by the Hotel Owners to daub and was supplied with the neccessities. It was an invitational art piece on private property.
The mayor didn't like it because they are trying to combat a graffitti problem in the city and didn't like the seemingly legitimacy it gives to graffitti.
And the Bieber Hate - jeez - go for a walk, bresathe the air, smell some flowers or sumpin.
Posted in: Justin Bieber told to clean up graffiti mess in Australian hotel
browny1Nov. 16, 2013 - 03:22PM JST
I love japanese cuisine (and italian, thai, spanish, greek etc) and have been cooking/eating it for nearly 30years.
A few question marks re the article.
Wasabi draws out the flavour of sashimi - really??? And a double dose draws out double???
Seaweed and it's near total lack of flavour - really??? (authors cook often?)
Laver(nori) in miso soup - not common. How about konbu or wakame
Bonito flakes on tofu - for the obvious reason - it packs a power punch of flavour for the subtle/bland taste of tofu
Pickled shallots and pork - vinegar(ed) dishes always good to cut the fat esp pork - many cuisines do this
Next people will be saying things like the Japanese invented umami.
Posted in: The secrets behind 10 Japanese food pairings
browny1Nov. 16, 2013 - 09:53AM JST
what is SILLY is that some feel necessary to criticize or justify - you know, using the quantity of aid as a means to attack a country or those who attack the attackers.
And Japan as THE most developed country by a huge margin in Asia should by all means help out in a BIG way without any fanfare or point scoring attributed by those who believe it's a chance to show "see we done good".
Posted in: Japan triples Philippines aid package to over $30 mil
browny1Oct. 29, 2013 - 09:10AM JST
In my very regional city, Halloween is like way bigger year by year.
Every ￥100 shop, conbini, supermarket, DIY, bakery, restaurant (hi & lo) etc seem to do something.I'm amazed at the pace of it all.
The shotengai saw a Halloween parade last Sunday with over 1,000 participants.
While it means little to me, I guess it's Good Luck for the commercial venturists, altho I think saturation point will be reached soon.
Posted in: Since when was Halloween so popular in Japan?
browny1Oct. 27, 2013 - 07:36PM JST
Jimizo - "...at the expense of other subjects...." you stated and here lies the twist. At the expense of what? More maths, more science, more Japanese, more social studies...more what?
Learning a language (and I mean learning a language, not an abstraction of hieroglyphics) can have a multitude of benefits for the learner. Extending the understanding of one's own language and it's myriad of nuances, exercising lateral thought processes, discovering other cultures & customs, having fun by taking risks in the unknown, building confidence, widening your communicative threshold etc etc.
The study of English(or languages) if properly executed can be a wonderfully fulfilling exercise for people of all ages and talents.
Panning English because it's English is rather naive. How many leave school with elevated pragmatic skills in mathematics or biology or geography or whatever, that can enable the holder to immerse him/herself in that field in the real world with confidence and flair?
The problem is not English but the manner in which it is considered, contrived & convoluted in the name of education.
Posted in: English will be taught once or twice a week to third- and fourth-graders, and three times a week to fifth- and sixth-graders.
browny1Oct. 27, 2013 - 11:20AM JST
Do you truly believe acceptance of death in Japan is more realistic, natural and less sentimental? Based on what?
Daily examples abound to the contrary. Clinging to life at all costs, and the refusal to accept the inevitable is the backbone of the medical system here.
A lovely japanese lady friend of mine(she's 73) who is a lay-pastor lives every day fully. She has no fear in life and no fear of death - because it's all god's will and she will be blessed in heaven. She is a volunteer counsellor helping lots of fearful non-christian locals esp re sickness and death.
As an atheist, although I don't agree with her beliefs at all, I can see how such a faith as hers allows her to enjoy a life of smiles admist adversity. I confess there is an element of envy re her joy, but then envy is a sin - neh!
Posted in: How religious are Japanese people?
browny1Oct. 19, 2013 - 07:46AM JST
USinJ - yeh I know - Some think Rothko couldn't draw, Duchamp was a charlatan, Cage can't play etc etc. Your opinion on creativity is just that, yours. You don't own legitimacy.
And as Maria has kindly above given a few examples as starters, perhaps you could further your own "research" and discover. You may be surprised.
But if you have already set the answer, then I guess you'll find nought.
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browny1Oct. 18, 2013 - 10:31PM JST
A decision of not guilty now, would be an admission of guilt by the system of the system, and that would be just toooo hard to swallow.
They - the authorative sphere - are too afraid to be proven wrong by the lowly masses, hence this obscenity masquerading as justice, keeps turning the grip on the power throttle.
Posted in: Top court says no retrial for 1961 poison killer
browny1Oct. 18, 2013 - 10:18PM JST
Alex - well at least you tried. . And in particular the point that 50+years of work is pr showcasing.That's good evidence.
But in all honesty, she has contributed much to art and peace, much much more than many are aware of. She is respected world wide by many fine artists, musicians, activists, peace workers, public figures etc.
No one has to like her works, her music her statements, but hearing the broken record dribble over and over again for decades about what a crud she is, reflects more on the espousers than on her.
Get over her. Dis on some real losers who suck the light.
browny1Oct. 18, 2013 - 04:29PM JST
Big photo op coming up for Abe.
Milk this one for heaven & earth, esp with jfk's 50th memorial annivesary in a few weeks.
browny1Oct. 18, 2013 - 04:24PM JST
Wow - some brazen ignorance on display. Seems like some are still stuck in the "gold-digger bitch yoko broke up the beatles" frame.(btw - lennon pursued her)
If you dare to research a little - even just a little - you may find her contributions to the artistic world and peace movements are far from insignificant.
browny1Oct. 11, 2013 - 09:55AM JST
smithinjapan - aside from the stated difficulties re music, movies what actual other goods can't you get?
I've been buying from USA, Australia, Asia, Britain for years. Ski goods, cosemetics and pharmacy items, health products, books, clothes, kitchen ware, food (jar/cans) furniture, sports goods, toys to name a few. Sometimes some stores won't send OS so I just find another store.
And sometimes I have to pay tax here.
A box was delivered on Wednesday from Aust with pharmacy items - total value ￥25,000 and I paid the deliverer ￥700 - 500 for tax & 200 for service fee.
I have always used Japanese credit cards. Never a problem. Perhaps you should look around.
browny1Oct. 09, 2013 - 12:17PM JST
So ironic this is held in Minamata and is called the Minamata Convention, when a succession of govt's over decades has failed to fully address the concerns and needs of thousands of sufferers.
As recently as a few months ago the battle of sufferers vs govt was still ongoing. Refusals and coverups have been the main game plans by govt.
Hopefully this will highlight the meaness of govt re Minamata disease sufferers and bring some belated justice and satisfaction to their weary lives.
Posted in: Minamata mercury treaty conference kicks off in Kumamoto
browny1Oct. 09, 2013 - 12:10PM JST
It's interesting that universal tests esp of numeracy & literacy place Japanese students - and in this case adults - always in the very top group. Something good must be happening.
But many of the professors at the university I work part time, bemoan the fact that so many students can't write a coherent report, (special writing classes are held), can't initiate and develop discussions well or put forward creative ideas and suggestions. I'm particularly referring to Engineering and Economics faculties. A professor said to me, one day in a science seminar while trying to elicit responses, a student stood up and said " But, just tell us the right answer"
Skills are only as good as they are applied.
Posted in: Japanese adults top in reading, math skills: OECD study
browny1Oct. 09, 2013 - 11:51AM JST
As I understand ( not from this article) the police had been approached multiple times. Even the girls teacher had directly gone to the police.
Perhaps more will come out - but at the moment it seems like it was in "the too hard basket".
Posted in: 18-year-old girl killed by stalker hours after seeking help from police
browny1Oct. 05, 2013 - 11:02PM JST
From my readings those who view this with a dose of scepticism, do so NOT as a slight to the selfless actions of the wonderful woman, BUT as to the prop-up public image op this affords Abe.
As some are suggesting here, that by being critical of Abe, we are critical of Ms Murata, is a display of shallow thinking in the least. Regarding "getting out and making a change if you believe you can do a better job" begs for the "What on earth are you talking about?" utterance.
The title of the article refers to ABE honoring Ms Murata's brave actions, and I find it extremely likely that their will be spinners in his brood, that will squeeze as much holy PR out of this as they can - of course with great solemnity.
So commenting on Abe and his wagon load is entirely appropriate, especially as we've seen few public displays of heart wrenching, teary cries followed by concisive actions over the despair of thousands in Tohoku from our esteemed leader,
Believe what you want, but I'll err on the side of cynicism re Abe, because I haven't seen a lot to date that makes me believe he can empathize with the common folk - unless somethings in it for him.
Sorry thats the way I see him in many instances - AND this has no bearing on the remarkable actions of Ms Murata and trying to insinuate a related slight is despicable.
Posted in: Abe to honor woman who died saving man on rail crossing
browny1Oct. 05, 2013 - 10:54AM JST
If you believe this is not being used to enhance further a carefully crafted image/persona of Abe as a "kind, wise, moralistic" being, then good for you.
Others believe otherwise. Never have I witnessed in 2 decades a prime minister in Japan be presented in so many photo-ops, from helping Iran to holding hands with his wife. He has the best image consultants, advisers, management team in the business - bar none. Ever wondered why he has made so few blunders, avoided sticky situations - management! No jonnies pop-item is more diligently handled than Abe.
And if the govt was trule in it's intent - the admiration of a woman's great deed and we are not in this for the collateral - then why is it headline news?
Dec. 13, 2013 - 04:42PM JST
I wish J Govt would pledge this much to the Fukushima Evacuees....
Posted in: Japan to pledge $20 bil aid to ASEAN
Dec. 13, 2013 - 04:41PM JST
Fit an air-lock and let people talk out on the wing all they like.
Posted in: U.S. moves ahead on plan to allow mobile phone use in planes
Dec. 13, 2013 - 04:40PM JST
It is very sad when the truth of the matter is that, more often than not,…
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Dec. 13, 2013 - 04:38PM JST
While I feel sorry for the girl, it really says something that this story gains far…
Posted in: Man arrested for cutting schoolgirl's skirt in train car
My mistake. You're right.
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