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  1. My wife is from a town of 80,000 down near Hiroshima. Trouble is, it used to be well over 100,000! It is amazing the difference this makes, how the life of the town has been sucked out over the years. They have flattened the department store in front of the station, taken the roof off the shotengai and knocked half of it down. And this is a town that has the Shinkansen coming through (admittedly only the Kodama) Central Tokyo I think is a different case altogether, different world almost. While I wouldn't touch commericial property, as prices come down people will be tempted to live in the centre and the satellite towns will shrink. Public transport is so good, owning a car is ludicrous, even out in Nerima where I am. JRIC fits in with my perspective and the buildings they own pass my 'make sense' test to me as someone living here. I've been meaning to tuck some away. I'm reconsidering now as I need a hedge against a weakening currency here as I have a substantial sum of JPY. Inertia/sleeping on it everytime I think about shorting the yen has proved very wise over the last two years! Still, if it hits 85 vs the dollar I am worried about intervention and property shares like JRIC may be potentially interesting play.
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    anyone else on linkedin

    Would happily join a GEI group on linkedin.
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    The Best of Youtube - Music

    They don't play like this anymore, nor in our lifetimes these bluesmen who survived through to the 60's give us a time machine back to the 20's and 30's and beyond. Son House http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jN5vqEyV7g Bukka White Skip James John Hurt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvRxA8gR7bw
  4. No question the basic calculations look better here. Bubb, if you do come to Tokyo let me know. More than happy to take you around town to get a feel for things here! - Renting rules for people in Tokyo, while some blocks are built to be sold. Many people wouldn't consider buying due to Land Taxes, as well as the fact that they need to stay flexible as their company could send them anywhere in Japan. -Earthquakes are common here, so buildings are built to resist them as far as possible particularly taller structures. - You mention you view the suburbs unfavourably. a) Don't underestimate the metro and train transport network here, the infrastructure is in place to support long commutes and you get more for your money out of town, though this may be changing. I have also noticed that Japanese companies are actually moving out of expensive areas like Shinjuku to the outskirts to cut costs. - My favoured vehicle for the Japanese residential market is JRIC, which has a huge discount to NAV. http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/echarts?s=JRIC...ource=undefined - This place is a tower all for rent which is a decent example of what is currently going up in Kachidoki and nearby areas. http://www.ttt-rent.com/ Also note that facilities are good. First floor is a supermarket, sports facilities, creche and a doctors all within the building. They missed these sorts of things out in the UK!
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    "Put hyper-inflation right out of your head"

    Another interesting take on the inflation/deflation tussle and the potential outcomes. http://www.ruffer.co.uk/services/review.aspx
  6. I'd go along with this..except for the bit about the UK being over-populated; which I take issue with living in Tokyo! My wife always marvels at the green flat open spaces in the UK, and the miles of nothing. The whole infrastructure just works better here despite or perhaps beacuse of the huge number of people, and the crime rate is very low - so I think the other factors you mention are more pertinent.
  7. I was in Taiwan on business last month, preferred it to Beijing and Shanghai on the mainland - people were overall gentler and a bit more refined and Taipei seemed closer to Japan in terms of sophistication; but still with some of the charm of days gone by. Outside of Taipei you have some beautiful countryside. It is definitely less populated by Western ex-pats than some other Asian cities I have visited (..to me this is a good thing if you want to learn something.) As someone who started off as an English teacher in a rural area without a lick of the language, in the days before everyday internet access was the norm and where I could not even get an English newspaper let alone meet other westerners; but ended up finding a wife and leaving with an MA in the language, I would not dissuade anyone from trying it. Clearly changed the course of my life. But regarding English schools and teaching be aware there are a lot of dodgy fly-by-night outfits out there so carefully vet whoever you work for particularly if you are leaving the country. Teaching is a slog sometimes with long hours and often heavy class loads and commercial pressure, you can burn out pretty quickly, do not expect a nice long cultural tea party. Japan is OK overall due to tight regulation and minimum salaries which are pretty decent providing you live outside of the main cities, Korea is renowned as terrible and I dread to think of elsewhere frankly.
  8. I've left the UK twice for Japan, once in 1998 and then January 2008, both times for Japan. Learnt the language from scratch and met my (Japanese) wife here the first time, now back with the UK company I joined on my return. There are merits to living in the UK, summed up by Japanese people I know living in the Uk (normally female) as 'freedom'. However any social constraints in Japan (a very conservative country, despite whatever you hear and read) don't impinge on my way of life. In fact I like the cohesiveness I find here. Most people are just very pleasant. People are also very respectful whatever job you do, everyone plays a role and has their job which they do to the best of their ability. Anyone who has been here and sees the pride and precision with which the railways are run will know what I mean. All things considered, the 'average' quality of life for the 'average' person is far above that of the UK, and I think that is important. While space is at a premium most have enough to exist comfortably. Other essentials like: +Quality food +Reliable and widely available transport +Fantastic service (everywhere, at every level) +Cleanliness ... are streets ahead in general, not just for ex-pats and the very rich. I always got irritated when my wife got stopped by immigration in the UK when coming in without me. She would be questioned like she was some freeloading refugee from a third world dive somewhere, when she was in actual fact entering a largely inferior, less advanced country, dropping her living standards to be with me!
  9. I think your comment appears there now, interesting to see if you get a response. In addition to fact checking - I wish this Walayat fellow would apply a spelling and grammar check on his writing. I find anything as littered with mistakes as the linked article lacks credibility, even if I agree with some of the sentiments contained within.
  10. Thanks for the bump, well worth reading.
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    CreditCrunch brings you the "Live News"

    I found the Live News link a while back through GEI, but then bookmarked it; so have not been through the link since. A very useful site.
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    The Best Of YouTube

    This is probably the most interesting thing I have seen on Youtube recently, from Neil Young. A new song called 'Fork In The Road'... "There's a bailout comin' but its not for you"
  13. T & A are one of the few companies to actually still manufacture shirts in their own UK factory, so probably costs quite a bit more. Some others in Jermyn street use Rayner & Sturges in down in Kent, but for almost any other 'brand' shirt, yes it would be third world wages.
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    IceSave Stop Withdrawals

    Feel gutted to have taken my eye off the ball and got tangled up in this one, especially being a member here. Hoping they find a buyer for the savings arm a la B&B
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    I think we are at a point now where the delationary worries hold sway, but as Jonathon Ruffer (back in July) below points out; this is the precursor to a serious bout of inflation. http://www.ruffer.co.uk/services/review.aspx