December 17, 2017

Economy as an weapon

Recently I read "武器としの経済学" by kenichi ohmae and some articles are intersting.

1. About japanese national pension status
(1) 60 % of japanese people pay national pension, that means 40% people didn't pay. He said that this pension plan has already been over.(yukio noguchi also say same thing)
  • Ratio of age over 65 year was 23% at year 2010, 26.6% at year 2015, and will be 38.4% at year 2065, that means 2 of 5 people are over 65 years old at year 2065 so 1.3 people support one person over 65 years old.
  • Current pension plan was made when population was growing year by year and now this premise is broken so this pension plan is over.

(2) He propose 2 plan.
  • One is to promote accepting emigration. for example, about 30% of population of California are emigration. On the other hand, ratio of foreiner in japan is only 2%. But this plan might be difficult to introduce in current japan.
  • Second plan is to change the national pension plan. He pointed out reaganomics. President Reagan did two things. one is to postphone pensionable age to 67 years old. second is to change defined benefits pension plan to 401k. He also did big tax reduction so it succeeded.
  • He said the latter plan is also diffcult in abe cabinet because abenomics only see 2 years future despite reaganomics see 40 years future. He thinks that japanese goverment might plan to postpone pensionable age to 75 years old and this is very sad future, he said. He also said japanese goverment always tell a lie, for example in world war 2 goverment said that japan won very much hiding midway defeat so he concluded goverment's saying are always disillusion.

2. About tax
  • His opinion is that  such argue like "if tax is reduced, there will be economic collapse", " is is necessary for fiscal soundness to rise tax?" are nonsense. Because these arguing are lack of viewpoint of for what we use tax.
  • If country support their welfare like childcare, nursing,unemployment compensation, they don't care such thing and don't have to store money for such situation and spend money. On the contrary in Japan, they have to store money for such situation. So they didn't spend money if abenomics try to do many economic plan.
  • Does corporation tax reduction effect ? His answer is No, because japanese corporation tax is 29.74 (before 37% and reduced to 29.7% then 29.74% at fiscal 2018) but average corporation tax in europe is 25%, so such little reduction is meaningless, he says.
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  • He proposes new tax plan. His plan is abolish personal income tax, corporation tax, inheritance tax, donation tax and introduces estate tax. Because japan is now matured country, not growing country, so the former tax is not increasing in such country. So if estate tax is introduced, people especially wealthy people try to spend money because they don't want to pay estate tax and there will be movement like "from stock to investment". He also proposes value added tax which is taxed for production and services and abolish consumption tax. Japanese GDP is 50 billion yen so 10% of GDP (=5 billion yen) is born.
  • I can agree his logic because our family live modestly for our retirement and for our son's education. There is a risk if we loose job, and our income will decrease in near future so we can't spend much money. I also think that japanse people like me tend to have a virtue not waste money, save money. Especially I was grown up like such circumstance so it is a little doubtful if we spend much money under such new tax circumstance. But nice idea, I think.

October 8, 2017

Kyoto walking -maru-take-ebisu

Our son learns "song of kyoto street name", so we planed to go to Kyoto and walked along this street.(The song is like this)
This song is included in "Kyo-en sodefure" which our son danced with at his junior school's athletic meet, so we learn this song.

First place is "maru" which is maruta-machi, so we got off at jingu-marutamachi station at keihan.
At first, we bought lunchbox at supermarket and ate them alongside of kamo-river.

Then started walking to west.

When we met shirakawa street, then we changed direction to south to walk along shinmachi street.
(below is shinmachi street)

This song songs street names which are running east-west direction and shinmachi street go north-south direction, so there are small intersection and we took photo at each intersection.
First is "maru" which means marutamachi street and second is "take" which indicates takeyamachi street. Below is takeyamachi-shinmachi intersection.

And we took foto at each intersections.

On the way, we took a rest at cafe.

Then started walking.

We finished walking at "hachi" which is hachijo-street.
We later knew that end point is "kujo" which is kujo street, so if we go to kyoto, we will walk the last section.

We needed some stretch !

Then took some rest.
We started walking from 1:30 and finished walking about 4:00.
This day, I walked over 18000 steps by my walking counter and it is my top record since I use this counter.

October 7, 2017

Simpleness and mindfulness

Mindfullness is popular word recently, but for me, living with simplicity might be same as mindfullness.

There are so many things around us and these are physical ones and non-physical ones (information). There are so many information using internet, SNS, so on. There are many worrying things happening at work which are mixture of not so important but in a hurry things and important things, and our brain are always under stress circumstance. And mindfullness is of course usefull method to maintain our state of mind.

But for me, having little things, clearing up my surroundings, clearing up our garden with broom, listening NHK radio(very simple one), opening windows and feeling cold air, hearing birds whistling through the windows. It's enough for me.
It's like old japanese style rooted of buddism and very close to my childfood life style.Recently I notice a goodness of such things.

And throughout these things, my mind and brain suddenly clears up. It's true for me. I had done these things unconciously before, but recently do it conciously. It brings me a sense of happiness, confortable state of mind.

October 1, 2017

Camp at makino

Last week, we went to makino camping site.
At first, we planed to go makino sunny beach camping site the day before a week but typhoon had come and we couldn't go, so this time, we chose this site.
This is our first time to do camping at there where we did skiing many times.

We planned to arrive there around lunch time but wife's father got injured and she had to take him to a hospital so we left our home about 4:30 p.m. and arrived there about 7:30 p.m.
At first, I prepared for barbecue then pitch a tent.

Next day, I waked up at 4:30 a.m. and weather was fine !

At this camping site, there are some area and most popular area is kougen free site where we stayed.
We can stay there anyplace inside this area and there were many camper.
It costs 4500yen ($40) per a tento and enjoy there until 12:00 a.m.
There are hot-spring and we took bath after closing our tento (we couldn't take a bath last night due to be late)

After taking bath, we walked around there.
It is very beautiful place and there is small river and we can enjoy walking along this river.

September 11, 2017

less information are important to boost our concentration

As I read today's nikkei evening newspaper, it featured mindfullness.(We recently see this topics in many media)
And this article said that one method to boost one's concentration is to shut down various informations from our eyes and ears. That's is what I often thought.

There are so many informations around us and we can touch many informations from ubiquitas it mobile. Especially SNS are such media. These are designed to stimulate one's curiosity. And recently I strongly think that these things consume our time so getting away of these things is very important skill for us, I think.

July 23, 2017

Computer drawing school for children

Today, we went to computer drawing school for kids by hirakata-city.
Such kid's course are hold by hirakata-city and we can find them at city's public paper so my wife ordered to joint the class.

This day, 9 jinior school children attended this class.

In this class, we used drawing software(cube kids) for kids and we made schene of urashima-taro, famous japanese old-story. It can handle animation so we can move some character. Our son loved this software very much.
(But it is is not free software. It costs about 20,000 yen!)

kakigori at hirakata

Last week, we went to hirakata-ice to eat kakigori by bicycle.
This shop is famous for hirakata's people so it is always crowded. This day was same as usual.

We arrived there about 4 PM.

We can select several color sherbet and we selected green-tee's one. Price is 300yen for each one. And we extra-ordered milk for 100 yen.
This shop's ice tastes crispy and big-volumn so we recomended it very much !

July 17, 2017

Good exercise is good for refreshing my brain

As writing here, sports is good for health. And today I strongly think so.

Recently I didn't run because I always walk about 10,000 steps a day and I think that it is enough.
But today, we took bicycle to hirakata-city and it was very good exercise for me. I sweated and feel relux after riding bicyle. I felt very satisfied and felt reflesh with my brain. It was a wonderful discovery for me.

Running 3 days a week is not good for me because I commute long-distance, but running with relux makes me feel happier, refreshing my brain so I want to restart my running !

July 2, 2017

Canyoning tour at higashi-omi city, shiga

Last Sunday,we did canyoning at shiga.
At first, I didn't know the word "canyoning" when my wife told me if we would do canyoning. My wife's friend found this tour and we decided to do it with her family.

This tour is held at oku-eigenji, higashi-oumi city, shiga prefecture.
Oku-eigenji erea is very beautiful place. It is quiet, not crowded, surrounded by nature, I liked this place very much.

Our family arrived the meeting place about 7:50(below).

It started about 9 AM and we took wet suit, been lectured then started.

We stopped our car near river and started walking.

This tour was starting here and our camera is not water-resist so I put this camera at this point.

It is about 1.5 hour round trip tour and we walked and swim along this river and reached water-fall place. At water fall place, we had jumped from the top of big rock to the water (about 5 m fall) and went behind water fall. It was very intersting tour. It was an rainy season so it seemd a little much water but it was OK.

After doing canyoing, we ate lunch at road station.

After that, we took a public bath and relux.
There was another story. At canyoning tour, leech was sticked to my son's leg and there were still bleeding. As I checked by internet, we found that hill pour special liquid which stopped blood clotting when they bite, that's why he was still bleeding. I had not experienced hill's bite so I and my son was surprised but it was intersting memory for us.

I was very tired but fun !

June 29, 2017

Harvesting potatos

We harvested potatos.
I cut bud of potatos for big potatos but it was a little late. But we harvested many potatos.

May 25, 2017

Just doing things is good

Just doing things is a simple and good method if we are in a thinking mode.
Sometimes I'm in a thinking mode at my desk, but it did not solve my tasks. So recently I strongly thinks that just doing jobs like mailing, telephone, action projects, writing documents, is better if I have a time to think.
If I do somethings and that makes our jobs going ahead, turning them to a good way, it's also fun for me.
And thinking like these things, I found this article saying same things.

In addition to it, finding these are very trivial things is important.
If I can find these are very easy things for me, I can be reluctant.

Anyway, if I felt speed of work declines, just doing things is better solution.

May 21, 2017

Golden week holiday, day 3 (6 May)

The last day, I got up 4:30 and we enjoyed relux morning time because we didn't have special event this day.
We enjoyed free of charge morning dishes.

Then moved to kutani pottery town.
I didn't know exactly about kutani-yaki but the porcelains are very beautiful so I liked them.

Then moved to sushi shop "sushi kuine" where my wife's friend recommended.
There are full of people and it tastes very good and price is resonable.
Lunch set is from 500 yen and we selected 800 yen one.
Ara soup is delicious.

Then moved to schience hills komatsu.
There are many family from outside of komatsu city. We enjoyed planetarium show, science show, etc.

And after a little visiting of komatsu airport, we went back to our home.
Eating dinner then arrived home about 22:00 PM.

The total driving distance is about 1000 km ! Total cost was about 70,000 yen including hotel, highway fee, gasorin, eating, etc, not so bad, cost-reasonable 3 day trip.
We enjoyed very much.