Tax / 消費税
Yesterday, at English lunch I talked with a few 9th grade students about tax. We started talking about it because one girl, Ms. Y, said she really wanted to visit Finland or Norway because the tax there is high. I was confused because I didn't think people wanted to pay more tax. She said that because it's different from Japan, she wants to see how it changes life.
Soon tax in Japan will rise from 8% to 10%. The 9th grade students had different opinions about this. One girl said it wasn't good because it means she has less money to spend. Her parents won't increase her allowance to match tax. The other two girls said it was ok because Japan still has lower tax than many other Asian or European countries.
All three girls said that Japan will probably use the money from higher tax to help old people. The low birth rate is a big problem in Japan now, and everyone agrees that we need to do something to help older people.
What do you think about the rise in tax in Japan?