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Is Fixed Cash Handout(定額給付金) making Japan's economy better?

We have received “Fixed Cash Handout” of 12,000 yen each today. We have no plan yet whether we spend it for entertainment e.g. good dinner, travel or buying something good or just saving, or donating.

As base idea of “Fixed Cash Handout” is to stimulate Japanese economy, there are many campaigns has started in almost any market/industry.

Gold rush starts for stimulus pay | The Japan Times Online

Businesses nationwide are rolling out special campaigns to take advantage of the extra cash soon to be circulating when hundreds of municipalities start handing out cash to their residents under Prime Minister Taro Aso’s economic stimulus plan.

I doubt a bit that special campaigns will be successful. Because people are not that simple saying “oh, the government gave us money, now let’s spend it for something special to entertain ourselves!!” – I can’t picture such situation. I guess that most of ordinarily people say like “well, the government just gave us such amount of money here, let’s save them, or pay for cost of living.” or “we can donate it for NPO that is doing something good for the society and/or the world.”.

Again, we have no plan with “Fixed Cash Handout”, however, I am sure that we don’t pay it for entertaining ourselves.

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Moving to new apartment on Golden Week

Golden week is coming here in Japan. You can find what is it here. Simply put, it is one of holiday season in Japan.

This year, we are not going to anywhere for travel but moving to new apartment on Golden Week. As everyone know, there are many, many things to do for moving. Not only packing things up but also some paper works. One of important work for moving is change of address. You realize that how many places you registered your address information to – e.g. Ward office, Internet provider, telephone/mobile company, Amazon and more. You may (or will) forget to change address for some companies or shops – I always do.

Thus, I believe the most important thing you have to complete before you start anything for moving is to list up all things you have to do including list of change of address one by one. I learned it from my previous experience – bad experience – lost some important document due to change of address was not fully completed.

Now, I have already generated todo list for moving on Golden Week. Though I still feel I missed something important…

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