In a very odd post, quite frankly, one of Mr Arudou’s readers (I’ll spare his Google blushes by not naming him…) gets an essay posted that he says took him over a year to write. Putting on my Machiavellian hat, I would say that after Mr Spiri criticised Eric C’s post, Mr Arudou wanted to post something from a reader that was obviously "Look, I don’t agree with him!" Mr Arudou does also not award this post the "considered and considerate" label he gave Eric C.
Instead of raising sales tax from 5 to 10% and upsetting everyone, why not raise it to 20% with the promise that health care and education becomes completely free.
One problem now with hospitals being almost free for old folk is that they visit more often than they need. Coming from the UK I do of course support free medicine, but it isn’t a magical panacea, and waiting lists there are horrendous! Anyway, in the UK it is National Insurance that pays for hospitals, not VAT. Free public schools, however, is a good idea.
First, the ward and city taxes should be calculated and taken out from people’s salaries along with the income tax.
I thought this was the standard way. Perhaps for self-employed or with companies under a given size (and English schools playing fast and loose with the law?) people do not get automatic deductions.
Cities like Tokyo and Osaka should have extremely high living taxes in order to encourage more migration to the countryside, and companies should also have to pay hefty taxes for having offices and factories in these major cities.
Err, they already have high rents and rates to pay for being in the cities!
Pachinko and Hostess club taxes
Fast Food Tax
I notice no alcohol tax – perhaps this is a list of taxes on Things I Don’t Like? For the fast food section, I will presume when you say "family restaurant" you actually mean "family-run", not ファミレス. I’d be interested to hear if your definition of "fast food" also covered ramen and stand-up noodle shops, which I think is also in the same order of badness as hamburgers due to high salt levels.
A better way would be to, for instance, make overtime start at time-and-a-half, not time-and-a-quarter, and also ensure existing laws have teeth.
Minimum Wage and the working class
You know, … aww, bugger it Let’s fast-forward a bit.
Why not make all day care centers in Japan English speaking? This would ensure all Japanese children would grow up with very good English speaking skills and give young women encouragement to have more children.
What better reason to have babies than knowing that there is an English teacher in your daycare?
Government run Japanese language programs.
Much as a broken clock is right twice a day, I find something I can sort-of agree with.
The Japanese today are a far cry from the Japanese of long ago who would die for their country. Those before thought nothing of committing suicide for their country.
Oooh, channelling Mayor Ishihara I see, who incidentally did chop down a lot of
Furthermore, James "anecdotes-r-us" Grey chips in right off with:
for example, it’s just too late for a 20% tax hike; the IMF is recommending 40%
Nope, they have recommended 15%.