This actually happened to me a couple of months ago.
I told him I had no TV, and he said a quick succession of complicated words I didn’t understand. I told him again I have no TV. He understood, but I think he mainly gave up because I’m a foreigner that doesn’t understand formal Japanese.
Paying taxes works a little differently in Japan. Often, large companies will simply deduct the required income tax from employees’ paychecks, and even file the necessary paperwork for them. On the other hand, workers have their earnings taxed twice, with residency taxes which are based on their income from the previous year and must be paid quarterly. Like most things in Japan, resident taxes can be paid with a fat wad of cash at the convenience store.
But perhaps the weirdest of all are government fees for public television in Japan. Not only do the bill collectors go door to door soliciting payment, but some administrators are looking to make people pay the fees whether they own a TV or not.
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