|It seems that you live with the (false) impression that I am a Japanese guy
I have to disappoint you I am from Europe and I am a temporary resident of Japan. Working here as a software developer.
Yes, Japan is a wonderful country if you like work The people really appreciate your efforts and you can see that harder you push, more recognition you gain. Of course you don't have time for anything else during the five days working week (usually nobody tells you this when they hire you ) ... but if you are willing to pay this price, then you will REALLY enjoy the weekends
And now to the eternal problem... taxes
The Health Insurance is officially 8.5% of the taxable income and covers 80% of expenses. 4.25% are paid by the employee and 4.25% are paid by the company.
The Pension (Social Security) is 17.35% of the taxable income, including 8.675% paid by the employee and 8.675% paid by the company.
The Unemployment Tax is 0.8%. (I'm not very sure about this)
The Income Tax is about 10% for a salary of 6,000,000Y/year (about 50,000USD). The figures change with your salary and there are lots of things taken into account including bonuses, dependants and so on.
So we have: 4.25+8.675+0.8+10=23.725%
You have to add to these Social Insurance taxes (which are decent compared to some European countries) the National Tax and the Local Tax. I have no clear idea how much they are... something like 20%+3% of the Taxable Income, maybe more... too much anyway.
Not quite related to the salary, but good to know, is the consumption tax: 5%.
I'm tired of all these taxes... going back to work