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What Greece must do to Survive the Debt Crisis

A frustrated Greek expressing his angry through violent protest

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In action to fight off the increasingly unbearable debt crisis, Greece chose to get financial support from both EU (mainly Germany) and IMF. This might help Greece out of the problem in a short-run, yet they still have to pay back the money they have borrowed from EU and IMF. Now all Greeks must tighten their belt in order to fight off the crisis. There is a list of what Greece must to do recover their economy.

  1. Salary Cuts
  2. Retirement
  3. Increase in Taxation
  4. Reform in Pension System

First of all, all Greeks (at least public workers) will increase a cut in their salaries. Salaries are one of the big factors that take up large percentage of the cost in business and government spending. Though this will arouse some violent protests from the people, there is no other way to fight off the debt crisis without a cut in wages.

With some cuts in wages, many business and governments will want to minimize the number of employees as possible to decrease the money spent. This will result in early retirement of many workers with ages over 60. This will also contribute to the high unemployment rate, however, significantly cut the unnecessary budgets.

Interestingly, the Greek government decided not to have an early retirement for its workers but to increase the retirement. The retirement age was shifted from 61 to 65. It may be that Greece government didn’t want more unemployment and more protests regarding it. I think that the Greece government is tightening the payment of wages so much that they don’t need to cut down its workforce.

Greek people will most definetly exprience the rise in taxation. Greek government said that it was going to raise all VAT’s by 10%. Increasing taxation is one of the key ways that Greece can endure the crisis.

Greeks will also exprience a cut in pension. Unplanned pension system was the main culprits for the cause of Greece’s debt crisis. The government borrowed money, unplanned, in order to fulfil its populistic policy of pension system. The system supported too many people and gave out excess amount of money. So many aged Greeks will exprience this frustrating cut in their pension.

In sum, these were the actions that Greece must implement in order to survive the debt crisis. I think that the government’s determination to get out of the deb crisis is firm, but I think that this determination is not supported by lots of Greeks. Greek people must bear in mind that if they don’t start tighenting their belts, the government’s effort in order to get out of the crisis.

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JAL receives far more early retirement applications than planned

The Japanese Kanji for Loyalty

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According to Breitbart, Japan Airline (JAL) has received 4,000 early retirement applications, which far exceeded the intended amount of 2,700 applications.

JAL has been filed for bankruptcy protection by the Japanese government and has determined to cut down its employment cost along with other costs.

“JAL has indicated that its creditors have asked the airline to expand its group-wide job cuts from the originally planned 15,700 over the next three years. It is now considering a plan to cut 16,400 jobs from its current group workforce of 50,000 by the end of March 2011.”

According to Nihon Keizai Shimbun, as the future of JAL became vague, many of JAL employees have volunteered for an early retirement.

In my opinion, this showed one aspect of Japanese business culture. The employees are very very loyal to their company. Unlike other countries with boisterous labor unions, many Japanese workers accepted ‘voluntary’ retirement. However, I have sensed the feeling that not only Japanese worker’s loyalty has caused this. I think that there could have been some ‘forceful’ atmosphere during the ‘suggestion’ of voluntary retirements.

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