My Best Teaching Is One-on-One


Of course, I team teach and do special lessons, etc.


But my best work in the classroom is after the lesson is over --
going one-on-one,
helping individual students with their assignments.


It's kind of like with computer programs, walking the client through hands-on.
The job isn't really done until the customer is using the program.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

8 or 10 -- 八か十 -- The Sales Tax on Food in Japan 日本の食費に掛かる消費税

Raising the sales tax on food to 10% draws enough ire to slow the spenders in the government down a bit, apparently.

It has been a top topic of my wife's favorite morning talk show this past week.

So they are planning to allow the tax on food to stay at 8%. (Is this really going to help people who aren't making enough money?)

But non-essential foods, so the thinking goes, should be taxed like non-food.

Where to draw the line?

The current discussion is focusing on eating out on the one hand, and buying at a hamburger or pizza place and taking it home. Taking it home somehow magically brings it under the umbrella of essential foods.

And so they are writing an overly detailed set of rules to determine which is which. Reminds me of the Pharisaical limits on Sabbath day activities.

I think computers spoil us as to how complicated laws can be.

These complicated rules will not be abused?

My mom used to tell me, when you write exceptions into the law, the exceptions become the law.

If you have to make a distinction, the restaurant should have to collect full taxes when the price of a meal for a single person exceeds half the daily wages of a poverty-line worker. That would be about 5000 yen right now, and that's a clean, fair line.

But the difference between eighty yen on a thousand and a hundred yen on a thousand is really, well, only two percent. Yeah, my wife tells me about the psychological effects, but taxes shouldn't be a game of boiling the proverbial frogs by degrees.

Shouldn't be a game at all. Why don't they just completely drop taxes on food? Then they don't have to spend money on untangling complicated rules every time someone buys food at some sort of restaurant.

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