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Money troubles 金銭問題

Money troubles 金銭問題

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Journal for 2005-6-17 Fri..
Weather: Sunny Plan: Akagi JHS

TGIF! The kids at Akagi JHS have been really upbeat this week. I don't know the reason why, but it has made me upbeat too! We are having money troubles at home. In October we have to take the car in for it's biennial check up. Since the car isn't a yellow plate (cheaper cars with lower standards) we will have to pay upwards of 200,000 yen (about $2000) for the check up that is required by Japanese law. Paying our student loans and credit card debt every month has been getting us down too...

Today's Kanji
Meaning (意味): wide

Chinese Reading (音読み):
Reading Romaji
Japanese Reading (訓読み):
Reading Romaji
Vocabulary (単語):
Word Reading Romaji Translation
広まるひろまるhiromaruto spread
広めるひろめるhiromeruto broaden
広がるひろがるhirogaruto extend
広げるひろげるhirogeruto expand
広義こうぎkougibroader application
広報こうほうkouhoupublic relations

Trevor Lalish-Menagh
  • Wow, I've been living here two years and I never caught on that 'CC' is a credit card. D'oh. (I have caught on to the wide use of "my" everywhere in Japanese, though, even on the millionaire show last night. My car, my computer, my house. My kids really should not have a problem with that word, but they do anyway.)

    I feel your shaken pain. Good luck.
    • Whenever I hear the word 'shaken' I imagine a big buff guy kancho-ing me and saying "SHAKEN!!!"
  • I'm sorry to hear about the tight finances. *hugs* Hope that with the forewarning, there's enough time to work things out.
    • Thanks for the kind words. I am sure we will get through this. It's just been a little too tight lately. We are going to work hard to overcome this!
  • I got hit for 370000 last year, but I have a sports car. I think what's even better is that I paid that insane amount of money and less than two weeks later had to get it back to the shop for another 30000 of repairs which _should_ have been repaired to pass the stupid inspection. You really just have to pay depending on the size of your engine and the age of your car, which is why there's a large majority of Japanese who buy a new car every three to five years. new cars are good for three years on shaken - and then it's two years after each time until you hit like 15 or 20 years old. If you want a fairly decent estimate on what you'll pay for shaken, take your car tax and multiply it by four. My car tax was 60000, and I paid 370000 for shaken. Roger in daito (with the rx-7 sports car) paid 50000 car tax, and paid about 180000 for shaken (as he told me). It's a complex formula the Japanese developed to steal your money no matter how you look at it. bleh. Having a car in Japan really stinks sometimes.
    • I totally agree. Sometimes I wish I didn't need a car here, but then again, it is worth it to have one. We are seriously thinking about trading our car in for a yellow-plate though. It's SO much cheaper, and I am not really a car-o-phile (at least not right now), so I think I could live with the lower car insurance and shaken costs. We will see, though.
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