Anyone with a stake/residence in Japan?
Hi, I just joined. Planning to move back to Japan when logistics become possible and build my life there. Wanted to see if there is anyone interested in discussing the situations in Japan that may affect various decisions especially the financial ones.
I left K street (Washington DC) for a life in a small community in Japan. I have top quality single payer healthcare, my house/second house/farm property Japanese taxes sum up to about 500$ per year in total, excellent lightly used cars and trucks go for about 500$ (and you can mostly do the inspections yourself to keep them), car insurance about 100$ per year. Most food (including wild pig) is virtually no cost if you plug yourself into the community and help/reciprocate with others, and can see the mayor who is interested in your problems almost anytime you want. The cost of living is at least 10 times less but it is difficult to hire someone because the unemployment rate is so low. Vaccinations are not mandatory but the govt pays for the essential ones (the boutique vaccinations pushed by drug companies require private payment) and quarantines are illegal under national law. (social pressure is used to control things, you are welcome to take responsibility for your actions but will get punished by society if you harm others) Dont need to spend money on guns/ammunition to protect yourself from bad people. You dont need a license to go fishing but cannot hunt with a rifle without a permit (but there are a number of hunting groups and the town built a DIY slaughterhouse). If you have a skill such as carpentry, you can get part time jobs easily. You can get 10-30 year leases on excellent farmland for virtually nothing, but you need to farm and not just pretend, in order to enjoy getting away from the city.
So economically, the ability to survive financially is unusually good. Please message me for more information. We are always looking for more people who are willing to live in a country with excellent low cost healthcare, but who can handle a life without drugs and guns.