• Hashikami, Aomori


Regarding the July 19 Views From the Street (Kamakura, Kanagawa) question, “Is it better to own a car or not in Japan?“: For all of those people living in the bigger cities like Tokyo, it’s nice to have the option of owning a car or not. Here in the countryside, if we don’t have a car, we can’t even get to work!

And because the politicians — who think Tokyo is the real Japan — still consider a car a luxury, we poor country bumpkins pay the same extravagant yearly taxes and biennial inspection taxes for owning a vehicle to go to work . We then get taxed again for gasoline, and on and on it goes.

So, this question is moot for those of us in the rest of Japan.

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barry grossman

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