The future here, the future abroad

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Re: The future here, the future abroad

Post by Yamabiru » Sat Dec 24, 2016 11:27 am

Have you thought about the health insurance part of returning to the ussa? Checked age 50+ premiums online, ho ho ho they must be smoking something

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Re: The future here, the future abroad

Post by gaijinfarmer » Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:44 am

Yamabiru, yeah, that's why I'm not really thinking about the USA right now!

I realize that the things that I said are appealing about Europe as compared to Japan are just one side of the story, not universally true, and do not account for drawbacks that will be different everywhere.

Of course everything is changing worldwide, and I'm very happy to be in Japan right now :) I'm not assuming that anything I'm thinking now will hold true in 15 years, just planning to be able to make a change around then.

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Re: The future here, the future abroad

Post by Zasso Nouka » Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:40 am

That was a very interesting read GaijinFarmer, thank you for sharing. It sounds like a really nice place to live, apart from the long winters.

One thing I've always found hard to understand is political opposition in the US to having a welfare system that you find in many European countries, health care, unemployment benefit and state pensions. Listening to some Republicans talking about Obama Care and you would think they are talking about the USSR at the height of the cold war, what is wrong with being a Socialist ?

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Re: The future here, the future abroad

Post by paradoxbox » Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:02 pm

So how is everyone feeling now with clownAbe and all his scandals, Koike as a possible PM in the next few years, Renho probably out due to her citizenship issue, and Trump tweeting his heart out?

These days I feel very optimistic about the markets, even Japan's Nikkei heikin, but very pessimistic about society in general.

Every time I meet a 15-16 year old glued to their phones and dumb as a sack of bricks I have to ask myself "Was my generation that bad at that age?"
And the voters and political parties of the world continue to astound me with their choices. Killary or Trump - yikes. The UK seems to have similar although not quite as insane political problems as the US.

When I see gonbechan posting freebie land and houses it makes my inner bargain hunter smile, but it also makes me cry a little that useful land has just been abandoned by people who don't give a damn about how precious land ownership is, and moreso when I realize that the children and grandchildren in that family are probably living in a 1k dumpster apartment, doomed to spend the rest of their lives in a cycle of commuting, working and late night company drinking until death.

On the other hand the markets make me smile. Revenues continue to go up, though stock picking is harder than ever, tech stocks continue to create huge opportunities for anyone who is willing to sprinkle a bit of money in any sound company they find. Unlike the dotcom bubble, this time revenues or book values are in line with the stock prices, though perhaps at a rather high multiple at the moment - but the next time the market dips will be a fantastic opportunity to buy individual stocks or just buy an index fund and let it ride on up til' retirement.

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Re: The future here, the future abroad

Post by Zasso Nouka » Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:42 am

Can't really comment much on Japanese politics as a non voter without any way to affect it I don't pay much attention to it. As for the UK it looks like they are going to inflict an act of monumental self harm upon themselves. Is the EU perfect ? Not by a long shot but if you want to change something you have to do it as part of that system not as an outsider. As for Trump he would be hilarious comedy if he wasn't also dangerous at the same time, will he make America great again or lead to a diminishing of American power and influence ? Who can say right now. Was Hilary perfect ? Certainly not and it's probably best her ambition was stifled but at what cost ?

I think Japan is well placed to ride out any global upsets, life will probably continue on calmly the way it has with few if any unpleasant surprises. Unfortunately the countryside looks to be getting further drained of young people but it's not impossible that could be reversed if there was a change in the way young people feel about city life. For example, around us there are several projects that aim to help folk move out of Tokyo and start living in the countryside. They brings groups of people out for weekends to help on farms or work on other project that aim to show them you can make a living in the countryside and enjoy a higher quality of life than stuck in a tiny apartment working every waking hour. Perhaps with more projects like that a slow but gradual change can happen.

Maybe we could have some sort of thread on stocks, shares and funds (if it was in the Free4All forum it would only be visible to members and notGuests or search engines if it was going to cover any potentially grey areas) giving advice or answering questions. I for one am interested to start putting something aside for retirement and/or a rainy day.

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Re: The future here, the future abroad

Post by gaijinfarmer » Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:32 am

We also have quite a bit of effort put toward building the U-turn and I-turn infrastructure, and it even has some effect. I know quite a few people directly and indirectly who are vitalizing little corners of the mountains with their efforts.

Unfortunately they are mostly retired folks whose kids are in their prime working age, living in the cities of course, so no effect on the local schools. And the I-turners tend to be the ones who have money, so they're happy to grow some veggies for their own consumption and sell the rest, and if they make 1500 yen in a day via sales, that's plenty for them.

One middle-aged guy is passionate about eggs and raises the best. His chickens are also delicious, though he does not produce those for sale. They had a great idea and started a pudding-bu. It's a lot of driving for them to deliver but they seem to be making money at it, and it's probably the best pudding you've ever had. He has a couple kids. But I don't see his activities making an impact beyond his own orbit.

I'm skeptical, as always...

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Re: The future here, the future abroad

Post by Zasso Nouka » Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:52 am

gaijinfarmer wrote: And the I-turners tend to be the ones who have money, so they're happy to grow some veggies for their own consumption and sell the rest, and if they make 1500 yen in a day via sales, that's plenty for them.
Although it's nice to see folk like that moving to the countryside they also unintentionally inhibit young people from entering small scale farming by keeping prices artificially low at venues they sell their produce because for them actually making a living wage isn't a priority when their living expenses are covered by a large pension.

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