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  1. Hey all, In Singapore now. Got bogged down with uni and haven't been on here for ages. Can someone email/PM me Spook's website or contacts? Cheers.
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    Scary earthquakes

    I have finally packed an earthquake bag and photocopied all my important docs.
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    Stupidity / Thick people

    Originally Posted By: Mamabear After years of study and research even those who are experts on the area separate intellegence into various area's of intellegence, a person who is very academically inellengent can be seriously lacking in social intellegence. I know Mamabear. Been thinking about it a lot recently with my uni work. That's why I asked. Thanks Jynxx. Do you mean something like "gut instinct" for feeling intelligence? Like your friend example, knowing your limitations and the ability to reflect are parts of intelligence. I think intelligence/stupidity for the purposes of this thread is common sense/or lack thereof..but then that is culturally dependent too. It's all relative, some people are dazzled by my intelligence and others probably think I'm not all there!
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    Stupidity / Thick people

    Jynxx, How would you define intelligence?
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    American idol

    I predict a church-boy v's gay-rocker final.
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    Flight surcharges - down?

    BA offering flights to the UK at the mo for 35,000 (with surcharges and taxes of 50,000).
  7. Originally Posted By: bobby12 "plus they will credit you with pension "years" from when you were 20 until you changed to a PR, meaning that you don't actually need to work the min of 25 years to be eligible to receive a gov pension when you retire." - If so, that is massive and I would be stunned if it is true. I got the info from http://www.generalunion.org/ They don't credit you with money only with years. In order to qualify to receive a pension you have to have been paying into the scheme for a min of 25 years. But if for example you got PR at 35 years old and paid in until you were 45, they would consider you to have worked 25 years (age 20 - 45) and thus you would be eligible to receive a pension at 65, pro-rated based on the actual money you had paid in. If you didn't have permanent residency, in order to be eligible to receive the pension you would have to actually contribute for 25 years. Originally Posted By: bobby12 "Also, if you have kids and ever ended up divorced & in a custody battle permanent residency would help your case." - I very much doubt that!!! Plenty of info on this on debito.org www.crnjapan.com is a much better site for this topic.
  8. The basic rule is you have to have been 10 years on a working visa or 5 years on a spouse one. Sometimes if you have made a "special contribution" to Japan you can qualify earlier. I will be 10 years on a working one next year. I didn't change to a spouse visa when I got married. (You need to be on the same type of visa for consecutive years to qualify - If you were nine years on a working one, then married and had 3 years on a spouse visa you would still need to wait until you had 5 years on the spouse visa) As far as I can work out the advantages are those that snowdude cites, plus they will credit you with pension "years" from when you were 20 until you changed to a PR, meaning that you don't actually need to work the min of 25 years to be eligible to receive a gov pension when you retire. I don't think you can get mortgages without PR either. It lets you vote in local elections in some prefectures too. (Also, if you have kids and ever ended up divorced & in a custody battle permanent residency would help your case. Not something I'm planning on but can't hurt to know!) My info on the tax came from the HSBC offshore banking website. They say that visa holders are only taxed on income earned in Japan or on gifted/inherited property in Japan but that permanent residents are supposed to declare their worldwide income, gifts etc. If you didn't declare it, there is no law at the mo that the offshore banks have to disclose that info to Japan but there are some laws in the pipeline in Europe so it might only be a matter of time and I wouldn't want to be hit with a huge tax bill just as I'm about to retire. I'm sure someone told me another disadvantage but I can't remember what it was. Indo - does that mean you might be coming back to renew your multiple re-entry? Can you do it on holiday or would you need to come back to live for a while?
  9. You become liable for tax on income earned outside Japan. Does anyone know any others? I will be eligible next year and am trying to work out if it is the best option.
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    Oh my Good god!!

    Why not just tell kids the truth in a way they understand? "That man likes dressing up in ladies clothes." Lots of kids like playing dressing up games so it would be a simple explanation they could relate to. There are plenty of more serious things I hope my two year old will not have to see until he is older. Him seeing a tranny wouldn't worry me.
  11. Sorry to hear that PP. Hope you manage to work something out.
  12. "Dad, why is mum making strange faces behind you. Dad, I'm a bit worried about mum. Dad..."
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    Tokyo, Love or hate.

    Originally Posted By: Go Native There's no monetary figure that could get me to live in Tokyo. Everyone has a price. Not even if you earned enough to live in place the size you wanted with a helipad & private helicopter to get you out whenever you felt like?!

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