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    zichi

    CH3CHO

    What homeless people need to do first is to see a real counselor rather than a half-baked informant, who often makes wrong advice.

    Why the personal insults when I'm not a condoler nor do I work with the homeless in this country? But anyway, just who are the counsellors you are referring to and just how would the homeless find one?

    A person who has no place to live is eligible for social welfare payment. Period.

    Not according to the laws you have linked to nor numerous online articles online and agencies working with the homeless. But even if the homeless were able to receive welfare support under Seikatsu hogo ho (Livelihood Protection Law) just how will it solve their homeless problem and help them obtain accommodation?

    City welfare officials are not the kindest people around, and they use all the tricks to turn down social welfare applications.

    Well that's true and not only here in Japan but in other countries too. So if an office refuses welfare support to a homeless person which what do they do?

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    As for the utilization of the ability, the person will not be able to receive assistance if he/she is judged as capable to work. If the person has a will and ability to work, but is unable to find work, it is unlikely that he/she would be given assistance. The civil law states that certain relatives and family members are required to support a person in need. Thus, the public assistance is given only after it is judged that this support is not available. In practice, spouses and parents of a minor (less than 20 years old) have strong responsibility to support the person.

    http://www.ipss.go.jp/s-info/e/Jasos2011/ss2011.pdf

    Forget about the silly "bank account" story or "connection to the area" story. They are all red herrings. Just claim, get the forms, turn in and get the money.

    So you are saying the ward office will hand over cash to the homeless person which I guess would be a monthly amount. People claiming welfare support are usually required to be visited by a worker from the office so how would that happen with a homeless person?

    I still believe you haven't given a single answer in how a homeless person stops being homeless.

    Posted in: Undercounting Tokyo’s down and out

  • 3

    zichi

    After PM Abe reviewed the Kono Statement he clearly stated he had no intention to replace it but now it seems he wasn't telling the truth and by next year will abolish the Kono Statement and replace it with another denying most aspects about the Comfort Women including any involvement by the wartime military gov't or its troops. Will that be followed by asking countries to return the compensation given, I guess there will more problems on the shores to come.

    Posted in: We were snatched, like flowers that have been picked before they bloom. They took everything away from us. When I think back I remember only tremendous pain. We were not living as human beings.

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    CH3CHO

    Has I have already stated to you most local authorities only recognise the homeless who are living in plastic tents in public spaces and not the ones who move around from day to day. Also, welfare support payments are made in a bank account. Social welfare support is no given to people deemed capable of working.

    Seikatsu hogo ho (Livelihood Protection Law) only applies to those with a "status of residence." As stated under Article 19(1), place of living in the jurisdiction of the welfare office.

    Under Article 19(2) it states "who presently exists in the jurisdiction of the welfare office" which means that the claimant must show some connection with the area like home, job, family, friends. I think they would have to show Residence Record (juminhyo) issued by the authority.

    The problem remains on how to resolve being homeless and obtaining affordable accommodation. Under Seikatsu hogo ho (Livelihood Protection Law) claimants can be paid rent support up to about ¥50.000 in most cities including Tokyo but limited local authority housing is usually allocated only at certain times of the year and usually by lottery since there are more in need than units available. People with children will be given priority.

    Its impossible for the homeless to obtain private rental accommodation since most landlords won't rent to the homeless.

    There's also the problem of the "working poor." People in full time work but not earning enough to pay the local rent levels or meet all the requirements of rental landlords.

    CH3CHO you have offered nothing on how the homeless can resolve their situation and obtain rental accommodation. The majority of the homeless will find themselves excluded from Seikatsu hogo ho (Livelihood Protection Law).

    Posted in: Undercounting Tokyo’s down and out

  • 5

    zichi

    How many of the communities with atomic plants and reactors would support restarting them if they no longer received the billions of gift money more commonly called nuclear energy tax?

    Posted in: Kyushu town approves nuclear reactor restart

  • 1

    zichi

    So we'll still the Russian rockets in the near future?

    Posted in: Unmanned supply rocket heading to space station explodes at liftoff

  • 2

    zichi

    CH3CH0

    Having an address has nothing to do with eligibility of social welfare payment. That is what the law says.

    Please provide a link but there are also other restrictions. Normally the welfare payments are paid into a bank account which again would require an address to open or have a bank account. There's a limit on the amount of rent paid, no more than ¥60,000/month which would not provide for a family of four? A tiny Tokyo apartment rents for around ¥100,000 per month. Unclear about people with a mortgage. The amount of welfare paid also depends on assets and saving and even if you own a car. The welfare is means tested.

    Only about 1% of the population are in receipt of Welfare support with 33% of recipients are elderly people, 45% were households with sick or disabled members, and 14% are fatherless families, and 8% are in other categories.

    Due to endless bureaucratic obstacles, it was quite hard for the homeless to obtain benefits that they might have been eligible to receive. Only in 1997 did Tokyo acknowledge the existence of the homeless.

    In 2009 Osaka zoo, which is publicly funded, bought six koalas from Australia which cost a combined ¥120 million per year to feed. Osaka has the highest population of homeless people in Japan, and the decision to spend tax yen on the zoo, instead of on the homeless.

    Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to which Japan is a signatory is essentially, the universal right to housing.

    Local authorities only consider people to be homeless when they are living in a plastic tent in a public park, riverside or other area. They don't consider people homeless if they are the ones who sleep on pieces of cardboard and constantly move from night to night.

    The greatest single cause of homelessness is unemployment and the average age is 60 years making it near impossible for them to find work and then find accommodation.

    You need a fixed address to qualify to apply for welfare help. So, if you want financial help to find fixed accommodation you need a permanent address. Those who are eligible receive 78,000 yen a month and lodging to the value of 1,900 yen a night.

    Tamae Ishiwatari http://www.shareintl.org/archives/homelessness/hl-ticardboard.htm

    "We don't think the number is decreasing dramatically," said Miku Sano, a managing director of the homeless street newspaper The Big Issue Japan. "I don't think the [survey] number reflects the reality."

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/10/down-out-upscale-japan-20141026510150823.html

    A number of homeless people were "tricked" into working at the nuclear disaster site in Fukushima.

    Since Abe became PM his gov't has decreased the level of welfare support payments while increasing the amount of sales tax.

    From 2012 "Exploding Welfare Claims in Japan: A New Look through Long-Term Time Series Data"

    Osaka began to help the homeless people secure a residence, a prerequisite for welfare approval, either by subsidizing rental deposits or by directly providing free or cheap lodging houses. http://www.gakushuin.ac.jp/univ/eco/gakkai/pdf_files/keizai_ronsyuu/contents/contents2012/4902/4902suzuki/4902suzuki.pdf

    Posted in: Undercounting Tokyo’s down and out

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    zichi

    He doesn't want to ban flights from Ebola stricken countries like Nigeria

    You don't know that the WHO declared Nigeria free of Ebola without any cases for seven weeks and the way it dealt with the disease hi a good example for other countries to follow. Faux news viewers just don't get it!

    Posted in: Obama defends U.S. Ebola guidelines, backs American volunteers in Africa

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    Olegek

    Nuclear energy is a worldwide failure in providing the world with electricity. In more than 50 years and massive capital investment and public funds the nuclear industry has only been able to build about 435 reactors to generate less than 15% of total global power demand which has left about 4 billion without any form of electricity. Most countries can't even afford to build the massively expensive nuclear power plants and with the current level of uranium consumption the deposits will run out in something like the next hundred years.

    One previous hope for the nuclear industry were fast breeder reactors but another massive failure including the Japanese Monju Fast Breeder which cost more than ¥1 trillion and costs ¥50 million every single day. Since 1995, its only managed to generate one hour of power. Its been cited by the NRA for massive safety failures and falsified inspections. On 29 May 2013, the NRA made its decision official: restarting the fast-breeder reactor was prohibited. The Monju reactor will be decommissioned.

    There's the problem of the 150 tons of plutonium held by Japan.

    Most countries which started a program for Fast Breeder reactors have abandoned those programs. There are no commercial reactors. i think France is the only country with some kind of program.

    In Japan, even if the nuclear reactors are restarted, the use of nuclear energy will be very limited and terminal since when the atomic plants reach the end of life cycles will be decommissioned but not replace and will eventually end the use of nuclear energy by default.

    Nuclear energy in whatever form its used will never be able to generate 100% of global power demand and even France with the most reactors only reached 70% of its total power demand.

    We need to develop and use an energy source which is cheap to construct and can be available to all people all nations and all countries. Nuclear energy will remain a very rich and exclusive club.

    After six decades and the expenditure of the equivalent of tens of billions of dollars, the promise of breeder reactors remains largely unfulfilled and efforts to commercialize them have been steadily cut back in most countries. In Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States, breeder reactor development programs have been abandoned.

    By the way - first nuclear station in the world was buid in Russia -Obninsk Nuclear Power Station. Worked from 1954 till 2002.

    So was Chernobyl and we all know what happened there!

    You are not able to offer alternatives to the fossil fuels and uranium which will run out.

    Posted in: Japan's power failure: Bid to forge national grid stumbles

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    Olegek

    You still continue to refuse to acknowledge that all fossil fuels and uranium for nuclear energy are all going to end, except maybe for coal, in about 100 years or less at the current consumption which still leaves about 4 billion without any form of electricity.

    You have made no proposals or even suggestions what will replace those fossil fuels and uranium. I look forward to your answers.

    Posted in: Japan's power failure: Bid to forge national grid stumbles

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    zichi

    We lived in the Japan Alps for ten years where the winters can also be many months long and temps dropping to minus 20 and the daily task of the snow clearing which too often involved climbing out of the second floor window to just get out. Trying to defrost the heated water pipe to make the coffee. We loved living high in the mountains but eventually the snow beat me and my poor back so we moved to Kobe where in our part, it never snows.

    Posted in: Major cities in Hokkaido get first snowfall of season

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    zichi

    CH3CHO

    Homelessness should not be a problem.

    You have not studied the problems that leads to homelessness nor seem to have any experience of working with them which I have done back in the UK, for many years. There are many reasons why people become homeless from mental problems, addictions to drugs or alcohol, marriage and family breakdowns and breakups, disabilities, illness and health problems, lack of education, gambling, lost income, income not enough, and sometimes just bad luck.

    In some cases, people are made homeless from natural disasters like the Hanshin earthquake and more recently in Tohoku, Ten years after the Hanshin earthquake there were still people living in the public parks and along the rivers.

    In this country, as in many other developed ones, there's a lack of enough low rented accommodation. Just renting a small one room apartment can cost several hundreds of thousands just to obtain the rental contract and move in. Then there's the problem of the rent guarantor and most landlords won't rent to the unemployed or sometimes even those in low paid work like getting the minimum wage.

    The homeless in this country are almost all males and to obtain any "social welfare payment" requires the applicant to already having an address. When a person becomes homeless there are many Catch 22 situations like not being able to claim welfare without having an address.

    There are an estimated 30,000 homeless people and that shouldn't be in a rich country especially with so many empty properties and buildings. There are not enough hostels and certainly not enough understanding from those who have so little experience of it.

    Posted in: Undercounting Tokyo’s down and out

  • 1

    zichi

    Emotional meltdowns plus the ease of obtaining guns leads to mass killings.

    Posted in: 2 dead, including gunman, in school shooting near Seattle

  • 3

    zichi

    According to the NGO's and groups taking care of the homeless the numbers have increased not decreased. But either way, makes me angry when a rich country like this one does not do enough to end the problem of homelessness especially when something like 25% of rental properties are empty.

    The new working poor have also found themselves homeless, i.e. people working full-time but can't afford the rent levels or can't get together the initial payouts to move into a place.

    Posted in: Undercounting Tokyo’s down and out

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    zichi

    Frungy

    but the smart money is that if China actually does something then the US reaction will be like Fukushima, they'll pull back and decide it is a "Japanese" problem.

    Your comment is 100% incorrect since the American troops helped out in the earthquake tsunami disasters and also at Fukushima when they airlifted an emergency generator and flew overhead missions to measure the radiation levels.

    And the US presence in Japan costs Japan a FORTUNE every year. $2 billion in direct payments, plus a whole lot of backhanders like oil for US ships, maintenance costs for bases, etc.

    Again incorrect because it would cost the country more with its own military. Many Japanese work at the bases.

    Posted in: What’s difficult for Japan is that the alliance with the U.S. is the centerpiece of its security policy. How can Japan maintain this alongside relations with Russia? This is an extremely important problem for Prime Minister Abe now.

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    Olegek

    There are many forms of renewable energies and not only wind and solar, such as but not limited to, hydro, geothermal, biogas, bio fuels, biomass, fuel cells, tidal, hydrogen. You make no mention of the fact that fossil fuels and uranium deposits will be used up and you offer no alternatives to those.

    Even Russia is investing in renewable energy as is America and China. One day even Russian gas and oil will be all used up. The future is tomorrow but we start to build it today.

    Posted in: Japan's power failure: Bid to forge national grid stumbles

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    zichi

    HaraldBloodaxe

    Thanks for raising that point. Why would any developed country have a toilet without soap?

    Not all toilets are without soap and Japan isn't the only developed country with toilets without soap including places in America and Europe. Try to chose the place where you want to use a toilet which is probably more of a problem for women than men but even if toilets have soap and then you open the door how do you know the last person who touched the door handle also washed their hands? I prefer to use my little bottle spray or medical wipes.

    I think if you expect to find everything you need in a toilet then you should be also willing to pay a charge for it like in some places in America.

    Posted in: 5 tips for staying healthy while traveling in Japan this winter

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    zichi

    Olegek

    " Green Energy" - is a VERY expensive political toy

    Straight off I strongly disagree and while its not currently possible for renewable energy to replace the fossil fuels and nuclear energy power generation needed which is about 285GW the country needs to make advancements with both the technology and its use. I believe with the correct investments, renewable energy could generate about 30% of total power demand.

    The main point that you have missed in your comment is the need to end the power utilities monopoly over both power generation and power supply, and secondly you don't recognise that renewable energy needs to be developed it also because at some point in the next 100 years fossil fuels and uranium deposits will all be used up with the exception of coal.

    America has objected to Japan for trying to export its coal fired technology, even though it generates 40% of total power demand from coal and Japan's counter argument being that poor countries can't afford nuclear energy which means they need coal fired power plants. My argument on that point is that there are about 4 billion people globally without any form of power and if Japan can develop renewable energy technology then that could be export to those poor countries which need to develop power systems.

    Currently, Japan is divided into two power grids because one part of the country bought American generators and the other part German ones. Even though there are two power grids it does not work for the benefit of the consumer.

    Kansai Power can buy power from Kyushu Power, which is does sometimes, because both are part of the same grid but I can only buy my power from Kansai Power since they have the monopoly to supply power to Kansai.

    The costs and prices of renewable energy will decrease with increases in technology and its use. We need to move away from the idea that power can only be supplied from central power plants and more power need to be generated on local levels. A neighbour of mine has a fuel cell set up which supplies all his power and hot water needs with excess being sold on.

    Japan isn't over populated and is in decline.

    Posted in: Japan's power failure: Bid to forge national grid stumbles

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    zichi

    A sad day for the families and friends who lost their loved ones and a reminder of the immense power and ever changing face of nature.

    Posted in: Memorial service marks one month since Ontake eruption

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    zichi

    @HaraldBloodaxe

    I'm glad to see so many others have shared my experiences in ryokans. No matter how "traditional" and "authentic" an experience they're billing you for, I've found a lot of these places to be dusty, grimy and conducive to setting off allergies. It's amazing how people are prepared to turn a blind eye to this in the name of culture.

    Maybe we just got lucky but in our 20+ years of living here we have never stayed in a "dirty dusty ryokan." In fact we have found them cleaner than many hotels.

    I will also never understand how an entire nation got duped into believing that sitting immersed in hot water in which countless pensioners have been simmering for decades could possibly be anything other than a seething petri dish of bacteria.

    Guess you don't know that the onsens and public baths are regularly closed mostly once a week to empty the pool and clean them and the other parts of the buildings. This is not done in the countries with public swimming pools.

    In the work lace and also internet cafes the dirty virus loaded items are like the computer keyboards and the communal coffee machine. For toilets without soap I alway carry a small bottle of spray to clean my hands.

    Posted in: 5 tips for staying healthy while traveling in Japan this winter

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    zichi

    If you want venison or other exotic meats including kangaroo and crocodile check out the Meat Guy which I use several times a year and have had no problems with my orders.

    Posted in: Venison burgers and hot dogs coming to Becker's fast food chain

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