umbrella's past comments

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    umbrella

    @Reckless - yes you're right we don't have any kids yet. Sure I know that if/when we are blessed with our first, things will change but for now...........

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    Well it depends who you ask doesn't it?? Talking about myself and my Japanese wife, we have sex 5 or more times a week and we've been married for 7 years. I couldn't imagine a life without sex, it makes you feel good, it's good exercise, is very healthy for you and is so enjoyable. It enables me to face the day at work knowing I'll be making love when I get home.

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    Ludicrous isn't it? They expect inflation will cause people to spend more! If prices rise, people will spend less, obvious to everyone except for our illustrious powers-that-be. Anyway ,judging from my weekly trip to the supermarket, I would say prices are rising steadily or product quality/size/numbers falling.

    Posted in: Inflation gives BOJ buyer's remorse

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    Well if they're going to keep putting back the age for receiving pensions into the far distant future just let us know so that we don't bother to pay the premiums. It's a contract, you pay your premium and get the pension at a certain age. Otherwise, just invest your own cash and get your own private pension they can't muck about with.

    This defining a person as old at 65 or 75 is ridiculous. It's all case by case. It's in your DNA or not, you can get sick with cancer or have a stroke or not, it's a lottery.

    In any case this is all academic because in Japan age prejudice is so strong in companies with their moronic unintelligent bosses. Try getting a job over 40, let alone 50, 60 ,65 etc. You may as well be dead is the sentiment I have often heard from those affected. Or if a "senior " can get a job it's some minimum wage 800 yen an hour rubbish position. Many old people say they have 2 stark choices nowadays: crime or suicide.

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    Just give up. Why waste your time, receiving an absolute pittance, when the kids are totally uninterested?

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    This has been a great year for me. Big pay rise and bonus as our company is doing so well. And the collapse in the yen has been the icing on the financial cake. I guess most people here are doing well, so good luck to all next year, let's hope the good times continue!

    Posted in: Are you financially better off now than you were this time last year?

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    Since japan approves of the situation whereby over 40% of the working population can only find crap part time and contract jobs, of course great swathes of people have no hope for the future. This why the economy will never recover and simply continue to its straight dive into the abyss.

    Posted in: My girlfriend told me, if this is all I make, we can’t get married, we can’t have children. Honestly, it was pretty shocking to think about.

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    What a waste of money for an event that only lasts a couple of weeks or so. You'd think it was still the Bubble Economy time with Japan wasting money on these pathetic olympics, throwing money away at Colombia and Africa, and seemingly most of the world. Meanwhile, the basket case Japanese economy continues to dive into the abyss.

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    There are good and bad drivers. I've see plenty of really terrible drivers in their 20s and 30s. Maybe they should hand in their Driving permits for 90 yen off ramen??

    Posted in: Police offer ramen discounts to elderly as incentive not to drive

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    How childish! Trump is going to be president like it or not.

    Posted in: Trump Tower becomes 'Dump Tower' on Google Maps

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    11 million a year threshold?? Seems quite high.

    Most of us foreigners earn about what, 6 to 8 million a year I guess?? So no worries for us about higher income tax it seems!

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    The falling yen is indeed good news for each and every person. Like many on here I guess , I receive large investment incomes from the US so the falling yen is highly welcome to me. The election of Trump is a great thing but I wonder how much longer the yen's collapse will continue and how far a drop we can achieve? Dare we hope for 120 yen to the dollar? Many now think it is possible given the basket case of the japanese economy and the sheer optimism surrounding the election of Donald Trump.

    Posted in: Battered yen faces new ball game, more losses after Trump win

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    As a taxpayer here paying quite a substantial yearly tax bill, I resent my tax money being squandered on a junket that should have been consigned to the dustbin 20 years ago. This is not 1990, it's 2016. We have the internet to see the world. We don't need "cultural ambassadors" anymore, if we ever did. It's ridiculous. What other country has such a ridiculous scheme??

    Japan has no money. If money IS available it should be spent on the poor displaced of Fukushima, new hospitals and overseas training for Japanese English teachers. etc.

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    Trump for POTUS!!!

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    Terrible news.

    I think for everybody, particularly the ladies, trust no-one until you know better. There are a lot of bad people out there.

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    no no no. Europe has been destroyed forever because of migrants and refugees

    Posted in: Raising awareness of refugees

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    With a family, to lead a comfortable life, you need to aim for a salary of minimum 6 million a year. Fortunately I'm well above that so things are good. If you are single, well, get a job paying at least 5 million I would say. What I don't understand is how these English teachers live here. I know they're doing their best, but Japan is so expensive and we are taxed to death!

    Posted in: A reader moving to Japan asks how much a month it would cost to live here comfortably. How much does it cost you?

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    So sad, I unashamedly want to cry....

    Posted in: I want the students who bullied her to think deeply about what a terrible thing they've done.

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    I thought these old gits had to retire as Headmaster at 60 in Japan? Anyway, must have been awful for the female teacher having an old codger in a position of power sexually harassing her.

    Posted in: Elementary school principal in Tokyo fired over sexual harassment

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    fjlm44, sangetsu03 and fxgai, take a bow chaps (chapesses?) I love reading the stuff from you guys and being educated.

    Can't you 3 get together and run the country, you'd do far better than the ones we have now in charge!

    Posted in: Abe adviser says Japan needs Y10 trillion stimulus in each of next two years

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