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    oikawa

    I'm all for that. ダメ!危ない! seems to make up a large portion of conversation time between parents and children here, such that they're pretty much paralyzed by the time they reach adulthood.

    Except it's often shouted across a crowded room while the mama is engrossed in conversation with her friends or family, so the kids just carry on what they're doing because a) it's easy to ignore a half-hearted attempt at discipline and b) they probably have no idea why or what part of what they're doing is dangerous or not allowed.

    Posted in: Mayor sued over leaflet upholding 'traditional' gender roles in Japan

  • 1

    oikawa

    Madness. My friend's brother-in-law lives in Sunderland. Voted Leave, already lost his job. Ditto my friend in London. Survival of the thickest.

    Posted in: Japan warns Brexit may drive banks, pharma investment to EU

  • 2

    oikawa

    How come hardcore porn actress Namiki Yu is being used for the photo for this article?

    Would be hilarious if AV stars were "banned from dating" too.

    Posted in: Idol singer dating bans are unnecessary, say majority of Japanese college men in survey

  • 0

    oikawa

    It got that bad did it?? I eventually left Narita for Europe at midday, after waiting on the runway for an hour cos planes were being given 5 minutes each for take-off. Looks like I was lucky.

    Posted in: Narita air traffic controllers briefly abandon tower due to typhoon

  • 3

    oikawa

    Not to mention the trouble being forced to miss your train may cause.

    Funny you should say that. A friend of mine was on his way home after we'd been drinking and had to change at Shinjuku, but got there with about a minute to dash to another JR platform and as he lived in deepest darkest Kanagawa there was no way he was going to miss the last train. On the way down the steps that he was taking 2 at a time two policemen put their hands out to try and stop him and were like "Etto, err, residence car..." but my friend just shouted "SORRY NO TIME!" and legged it past them to the platform. They didn't follow him and it shows how important these stop and searches really are if they just let people run off if they feel like it.

    Posted in: Getting stopped by police in Japan – how often does it happen (and why?)

  • 0

    oikawa

    I was thinking along the same lines as above. BJ would be the perfect scapegoat iin the event of failed negotiations with the EU/no actual exit/a second referendum.

    Posted in: Theresa May becomes Britain's new prime minister; Boris Johnson named foreign secretary

  • 1

    oikawa

    Sterling made solid gains against the yen, the dollar and the euro ahead of a Bank of England meeting widely expected to cut interest rates

    Wouldn't lower interest rates push sterling down against other currencies, everything being equal?

    Posted in: Yen hits 3-week low

  • 1

    oikawa

    Poor kid to be left with this..

    You can't kill yourself by tying a cord around a bed leg can you?

    Posted in: Man arrested after woman found strangled to death in apartment

  • 4

    oikawa

    “We’ll can’t bring the next item you’ve ordered unless you order something else after you finish what you’ve got on the table.”

    Ignoring the obvious typo, what's this supposed to mean? Someone help.

    Yes, Tateishi is a funky little place GW, as are a few of the keisei stations around it. Very real kind of feel.

    Posted in: At old-style drinking places, the quest for Showa-era nostalgia clashes with reality

  • 1

    oikawa

    Cleo, good points. Think I've got it, cheers.

    Posted in: Dead money: Battle for Japanese inheritances heats up

  • 0

    oikawa

    Thanks for the reply cleo. Not sure about that though. I put the figures of 100,000,000, spouse and 2 children in that calculator and it came out at 8,000,000 tax for the spouse, and 3,250,000 for each of the children.

    As far as I can see it wouldn't make sense to tax the heir, not the estate, as it would then be incredibly easy to circumvent IHT by adding heirs, and would be unfair as some people would be paying much more tax (even though they're dead) than others just because they had fewer dependants. It would also defeat the point of IHT as the money would then not be redistributed, and the provision for dependants has already been made with the 6 million yen allowance.

    I may be wrong but that's how I see it.

    Posted in: Dead money: Battle for Japanese inheritances heats up

  • 0

    oikawa

    CH3CHO

    Thanks for the reply .So if you had an estate worth 100 million, and left it to a wife and 2 children, you would deduct 30 million, plus 6 * 3 heirs, which comes to 48 million, and pay tax on the remaining 52 million, at 30%, which would be 15.6 million. Would that be right?

    I'm also getting a bit confused because cleo is saying the number of heirs makes a big difference but each heir only adds 6 million to the total don't they?

    Posted in: Dead money: Battle for Japanese inheritances heats up

  • 0

    oikawa

    Cleo says

    But to follow up your point, $1 million is roughly ¥105 million. Leave that to your spouse and s/he pays exactly zero in inheritance tax because it's below the minimum.

    but CH3CHO, and what the article seems to agree with. says

    The basic deduction for inheritance tax is 30 million yen + 6 million yen * number of heirs.

    Which is it? Anyone know?

    Posted in: Dead money: Battle for Japanese inheritances heats up

  • 0

    oikawa

    This is a very funny interview.. why is Kong so surprised that Steve would have had a dream the night before about being on this very show?? Why does Steve ask Kong if he remembers what card he picked when it wasn't Kong's dream? How can Kong remember something from someone else's dream. And what's so shocking about someone saying "Think of a vegetable. Were you thinking of a carrot?" when carrots are the most common vegetable? And why did Steve choose an internet broadcast to do that card trick when you can easily go back and compare the 2 hands of cards?

    Sure it's much better in person!

    Posted in: The Kong Show: Meet magician/mentalist/clown Steve Marshall

  • 0

    oikawa

    I'm still confused as to why the yen is in such demand when the economy is supposedly doing badly, stocks are falling and the economic future is apparently bleak. I know the yen is seen as a safe currency but I don't understand that either.

    Posted in: Not just rain falling

  • 2

    oikawa

    If he was "finding it hard to make ends meet" what tf was the point in stealing some magazines?

    Posted in: 60-year-old man arrested over convenience store robbery

  • 2

    oikawa

    I love the Japanese police. First time I dealt with them they came to my apartment cos I was having a party and the neighbours had called them, but they soon realised it was just some gaijins chilling out so they posed for some peace-sign photos and went on their merry way. Second time they took my side when I'd pushed a drunk guy on the train for hassling a girl. Third time my bike got stolen when it had been rested against a pillar outside the station. They took it incredibly seriously, as of course bike crime is, and took down my details for ages then asked to be taken to see the pillar my bike had been leant against and proceeded to take multiple photos of the pillar, for some reason. Fourth time they were very thorough in checking my friend was who he said he was when he went to find a lost wallet. They also told another friend off very sternly for wearing shoes inside his own apartment when he was being picked up once.

    Posted in: Tell us about any encounters, either good or bad, you have had with Japanese police.

  • 7

    oikawa

    Wow. Amazing news! Hope she makes a good recovery and wasn't treated too badly.

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  • 1

    oikawa

    They never played in Japan with Metallica, that was just in the US. Will be interesting to see how it goes this time. Not really sure what the point is. A few one-off shows I'd understand but are they going to create any new music and if they are do they really think it's going to be worthwhile? They've both come a long way since 1993 and there's not much reason to thing they're on the same page musically anymore. At least with nu-gnr Axl was making stuff (every 10 years) that was innovative and fresh, whether you liked it or not.

    Posted in: Guns N' Roses reunion set for April

  • 2

    oikawa

    a man speaking rudimentary Japanese

    Surely it can't have been that rudimentary if he managed to convey the message that there was a bomb on one of the guest floors over the phone? I don't remember seeing that kind of vocabulary in Japanese for Busy People or Minna no Nihongo.

    Posted in: Ritz-Carlton Tokyo receives bomb threat

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