zichi comments

Posted in: Man’s body left in house since Jan; wife, 2 children arrested for collecting pension See in context

things have changed over the last 100 years!

Not that much for the working class the world over. People often and suddenly find themselves in a predicament like the sudden lost of the husband and bread earner left with children and no money. May seek another marriage to have support regardless of age difference. Many women are forced to flee their homes along with their children because of a violent drunken husband.

I know several younger Japanese women left with their children and went on to marry again, often older caring man.

Because funeral in Japan costs a fortune. 10M yen.

? You can have a local authority funeral, cremation only, for ¥25,000.

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Posted in: U.S. envoy offers to meet North Korea anywhere anytime See in context

I thought that Trump strongly stated the NK/Kim problem had been solved.

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Posted in: 4 found dead in minivan in suspected group suicide in Kobe See in context

Sad that was their own answer to their problems. Must have taken considerable planning. The pain they cause for their family and friends.

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Posted in: More companies, universities begin on-site vaccinations See in context

In England and Wales the vaccinations are now open for another older than 18 years. Hundreds of thousands are lining up for their jabs. Scotland isn’t far behind.

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Posted in: Man’s body left in house since Jan; wife, 2 children arrested for collecting pension See in context

My Welsh nana had a child out of wedlock, very difficult back then in the 1920s. My Irish grandfather at 47 years married my nana 23 years and her child. It was his second marriage, the first wife had died. In those days for working people, it was more to do with survival. Nana went on to have another seven children, including my mother. She lived for 90 years. Grandpa for 74 years.

From the post, we don't know when the couple married and even if they were his children.

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Posted in: 29-year-old Tokyo man arrested after letting schoolgirl live with him See in context

29-year-old Takeharu Komiya is a lawyer living in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. He encouraged the high school girl (age 15-18 years) to run away from her home in Saitama without informing her parents. No indication if sex had happened. The man was criminally wrong. He also caused pain for her parents who should sue him for damages. Will his offence have him struck off the bar?

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Posted in: 86% fear COVID rebound if Tokyo Olympics held: poll See in context

Whatever the outcome, the once expectation that Tokyo would hold one of the greatest games will end has a miserable and sad mess, and worse if the covid increases.

The expected showcase won't happen. Many later will have regrets for even taking part.

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Posted in: U.S. senators haggle over funding of $1 trillion infrastructure compromise See in context

Capital gains in America are lower than income tax.

Long-term realized capital gains are subject to a substantially lower tax rate than ordinary income. This means that investors have a big incentive to hold appreciated assets for at least a year and a day, qualifying them as long-term and for the preferential rate.

The super-rich uses capital gains to pay less tax.

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Posted in: Japanese love doll mistaken for drowned corpse; saved by emergency services anyway See in context

Dangerous waste of emergency resources. The doll owner could have disposed of it or burnt it.

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Posted in: Man’s body left in house since Jan; wife, 2 children arrested for collecting pension See in context

LifeAlertAus

the only facts we know about this family are those in the post. Any other is just guesswork. We don't know if she was previously married and then married again. We don't know if she had a work job during her 56 years. We don't know if her children are also those of the deceased and we don't know anything about their health and whether they work.

All working people pay into the pension system and it's their right to claim it at the appropriate time. Even a rich person is entitled. Many salaried workers also have private pension plans.

I guess you are Australian going by your avatar.

A man works for 40-50 years paying in a considerable sum of pension monies. When he retires at 65 years he can claim his pension. During that 40 - 50 year the husband also paid for the Health Insurance of the entire family. School fees and university fees for his children. The wife might have also worked at home or in a job.

The husband retires at 65 and claims his pensions. One day later he drops down dead and his pensions public and private cease. That is not very fair.

In fiscal 2021, the survivor's basic pension will be paid ¥1,005,600 for spouses with one child and ¥780,900 for one child. If there are two or more children, the second child will be charged ¥224,700 and the third and subsequent children will be charged ¥74,900 per person.

(Note) The survivor's basic pension is not available to spouses without children.

The wife of a deceased husband can claim the Widow's Pension. Australia also as the Widow's Pension.

However, the widow's pension is paid between the ages of 60 and 65, and the amount paid is three-quarters of the old-age basic pension that the husband can get. After the age of 65, the wife's own old age basic pension will be paid, so it will be paid until then. The wife here is limited to those who have been married for more than 10 years.

I am not 100% sure what happens with company pensions on death.

http://www.city.shibuya.tokyo.jp.e.mu.hp.transer.com/kurashi/kokuho_nenkin/nenkin/shibou.html

I still think the husband's pension should be paid to his wife until death.

There could also be life insurance and inheritances. 

LifeAlertAusToday 08:17 am JST

@Markx

If you have good life insurance, and make sure to read the find print, there will be no worries. I pay 5000 AUD a month and I am covered for 700,000 AUD. This covers all kinds of cancers, etc. I am sure there is GOOD life insurance in Japan.

5,000 AUD per month? I don't think so? That would be ¥413,277.50 per month. More than the salary of the majority of people.

The average Australian salary is $1,463 for full-time employees ($76,067 annually);

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Posted in: U.S. senators haggle over funding of $1 trillion infrastructure compromise See in context

After the pandemic restaurants are finding it difficult to find staff even with increases in pay. The unemployment rate was low when Trump took office and didn't decrease the unemployment rate much over his single term. His tax cuts benefited the rich much more than the poor.

There are no trickle downs more like a rush upwards. Joe in the street is always treated unfairly when it comes to wealth and taxes.

Tump paid just $750 in income tax in 2017.

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Posted in: Man’s body left in house since Jan; wife, 2 children arrested for collecting pension See in context

LifeAlertAus

@Zichi

If the wife wanted money, she could have gotten a job. Gone are the days of the Japanese housewife who just collects/spends the husband's money.

How do you know she didn't work. For several years now, if a wife divorces her husband she is entitled to 50% of all his pensions. I don't believe it's just the husband's money. It's the money of both of them. Many people consider a wife and mother at home taking care of domestic life is work. In some countries even suggestions they should be paid. Japan needs more children and someone must raise them.

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Posted in: Man’s body left in house since Jan; wife, 2 children arrested for collecting pension See in context

The wife of a deceased husband should continue to receive his state and company pensions until she dies. Tax should be paid on the husband's part of the pension.

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Posted in: U.S. senators haggle over funding of $1 trillion infrastructure compromise See in context

America needs a wealth tax to make the super-rich pay their fair shares. The guy in the street is paying more income tax than Jeff Bezos.

Many companies greatly increased their profits during the pandemic and need to be paying a fairer share. In 2017, corporate tax was 35%, 28% is still a 7% cut.

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Posted in: Faith still shapes morals and values even after people are 'done' with religion See in context

tjguy

not having a god or faith does not leave us morally adrift. Religions have different moral values not all the same.

I set my own moral standards by which I live. Basically do no harm to others and help others whenever possible. Don' lie and cheat be kind and generous. Do what you promise to do.

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Posted in: 100 kgs of cherries stolen from trees in Yamagata See in context

100 kg is about 10,000 cherries.

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Posted in: 100 kgs of cherries stolen from trees in Yamagata See in context

They would have needed a small gang to pick 100 kg of cherries.

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Posted in: It pains me, and there is no link between our Indian employees and the variant strain. See in context

Wicked rumours spread by low educated people can lead to violent attacks just as they did in the recent past.

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Posted in: Faith still shapes morals and values even after people are 'done' with religion See in context

I'm equally biased against all religions whatever they say they are. Do not believe in a God(s).

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Posted in: 100 kgs of cherries stolen from trees in Yamagata See in context

Shop prices for cherries too high, ¥500-¥1,000/box.

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Posted in: U.S. sends 2.5 mil COVID vaccine doses to Taiwan See in context

That's the way the Americans are - always generous with their foreign aid.

That they are except under Trump who cut foreign aid. 21% cut in foreign aid.

Even in his darkest hour at the door of his historical defeat. trump mounted a last-minute attempt to starve funding for foreign aid, global vaccine efforts.

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Posted in: Israel says Iran's Raisi extreme, committed to nuclear programme See in context

Attacked in international waters

In May 1968, the Israeli government paid US$3.32 million (equivalent to US$24.7 million in 2020) to the U.S. government in compensation for the families of the 34 men killed in the attack. In March 1969, Israel paid a further $3.57 million ($25.2 million in 2020) to the men who had been wounded. In December 1980, it agreed to pay $6 million ($18.8 million in 2020) as the final settlement for material damage to Liberty itself plus 13 years of interest"

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Posted in: Airlines, holiday companies ramp up pressure on Britain to ease travel rules See in context

I doubt even next year we'll see international travel like it was before the pandemic. Vaccinations, vaccination passports, travelling for many hours wearing masks, restricted flights, testing and quarantines. Increased costs and expenses.

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Posted in: Airlines, holiday companies ramp up pressure on Britain to ease travel rules See in context

Delta variant is already in the USA

Covid-19 cases have fallen far below the winter peak, but the Delta variant has roughly doubled every two weeks in the US.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/16/delta-variant-coronavirus-us

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Posted in: Airlines, holiday companies ramp up pressure on Britain to ease travel rules See in context

Obviously the Americans who would be going to the UK would be vaccinated. 

That's your statement and not mine but anyway it's not a UK entry requirement.

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Posted in: Airlines, holiday companies ramp up pressure on Britain to ease travel rules See in context

Obviously the Americans who would be going to the UK would be vaccinated. 

Why it's not a requirement to enter the UK. Test and quarantine.

I am a British passport but I have not visited the UK since before the pandemic and live in Japan but still can't travel to the USA.

Fully vaccinated won't mean anything for international travel unless people can travel without testing and quarantines.

Japan and America are on the UK amber list so Americans can enter after testing and quarantine.

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Posted in: Airlines, holiday companies ramp up pressure on Britain to ease travel rules See in context

30 million 46.4% UK citizens fully vaccinated.

Bizarre. Do you want Americans allowed into the UK and return with the Delta variant but not allowing UK citizens into America?

Anyway, international travel is a bummer with all the Covid regulations, tests, quarantines. Need to travel to both the UK/USA but not likely this year.

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Posted in: Airlines, holiday companies ramp up pressure on Britain to ease travel rules See in context

Commodore Perry

Come on America--let us in.

Since 16 March 2020, it is not possible for most British nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, or China within the previous 14 days.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html

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Posted in: U.S. sends 2.5 mil COVID vaccine doses to Taiwan See in context

There is no way to know how many vaccine doses Trump would have donated to any country. Probably zero unless they overpaid for them.

The vaccines were developed by the pharma companies.

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Posted in: Israel says Iran's Raisi extreme, committed to nuclear programme See in context

Israel: An estimated 90 plutonium-based nuclear warheads with fissile material for up to 200. Possess the ability to deliver them in several methods, including by aircraft, as submarine-launched cruise missiles, and via the Jericho series of intermediate to intercontinental-range ballistic missiles.

https://armscontrolcenter.org/fact-sheet-israels-nuclear-arsenal/

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