It's an unsourced statement you're referring to, BTW, but I don't see any need to question it.
When I say there's a lot more welfare in Japan, I was including things like medical care, paid maternity leave, etc.
"In 2006, the cost of public pensions, health care and welfare service for the aged reached a record $828 billion—six times higher than in 1986. Costs began accelerating in 2007 when large numbers of baby boomers retired and began getting pension payments. By 2025, pensions could eat up as much as 28 percent of GDP"
So as of right now, japan pays out around 20% of its GDP just to the elderly. The US spends a little less than 20% of GDP on all social programs combined.
Another phun phact about Japan:
-Japan has the most progressive tax system in the world. The top bracket is 65 percent. Inheritance taxes can be as high as 75 percent of the value of the property and claim up to 70 percent of inherited wealth. The corporate tax in Japan stands at 40 percent, the highest in the developed world. In South Korea the corporate tax rate is only 24 percent.
Japan's economy has been in a tailspin for 20 years and they have much higher unemployment than they would like the rest of the world to believe. Comparisons between the two countries don't really prove a lot one way or the other, I think.
More interesting is the fact that Austrailia spends around as much or perhaps slightly less on social programs than the US, but achieves a higher decrease in their overall poverty rate:
Welfare's effect on poverty - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
///Oh and LMMFAO @ "In 2010, A bit over 1% (4.4mil) of Americans receive traditional welfare" "which obviously excludes food stamps, SSI, medicare et al"
Hey, neanderthal, if you read the next ****ing sentence you'd see that I was responding to Barry's assertion that Japanese people receive less social benefits than the US. He used the logic that because 1% of Japanese people receive a traditional form of welfare (it's actually 1.5%) and 8% of Americans receive food stamps, that Japan doles out less govt money to its citizens. In reality both countries spend a similar percentage of their GDP on welfare related programs if you include things like SSI, SS, etc.
Does explaining it again in a slightly different way insert any information into your rock-like cranium? Or does it just give you the urge to go off on a tangent about how Japanese people are barbarous because they spend their social security money on tentacle porn?
It's a good alternative to facepalming.
Jeeze this went from fun to dumb quick...
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oh really????? now show me all the threads where I did that.
You mean the school district??? You actually think the idiots running the school district are not imcompetent?
ummmm....the city tried that back in the 90s remember????It may not be mandatory but it would be nice if you lived in the city and helped rather than complain.
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