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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta wtcmtMoy, JVM inr HERALD 49 Just warming up The circus paid a visit to Brantford, Ont., the other day and one of the main fea- tures of the show was the Boxer dog act oF Rudy Dockery. They stole the show with their basketball-playing antics and are shown here warming up between perform- ances. How the system works Affluent society arrives in Japan By RICHARD HALLORAN New York Times Service TOKYO Kasuga Suzuki is a vivacious 20-year-old who graduated from a commercial high school two years ago and went tb work for a dental-sup- ply manufacturer as a person- nel clerk at a month. A year later she got a raise to and last December she took a five-day vacation in Ha- waii that cost her every yen of which she paid from sav- ings. Tadashl Mlputa is a 37-year- old middle-management section chief in a large industrial com- pany whose base salary is a month. Mizuta owns a car, a color television set, a stereo system, a washing machine, worth of stock and mem- berships in two golf clubs that cost him Yasuo Nakamura, 44, is the deputy general manager, of a department in a major steel company at a base salary on a month. He recently spent on audio equipment, join- ed a golf club at a cost of end has nearly finished paying for a plot of land on which he expects to build a house in about five years. For Miss Suzuki, Mizuta, and Nakamura and 104 million other Japanese, the age of the affluent society has arrived. They have begun to share in the rewards of their economy after years of hard work in which the emphasis was on in- dustrial progress. The Japanese still suffer from the ills of an unbalanced econ- omy, the major shortcomings including pollution, inflation, and inadequate housing. But everyone in Japan owns, or cm afford, a television and color TV's are rapidly replacing black and white sets. More' than 90 per cent of the 30 million households have a refrigerator and a washing machine. Be- tween 1967 and 1971, automo- bile ownership went from less than 10 per cent to more than 25 per cent. Last year, 1.3 mil- lion Japanese took business or pleasure trips abroad, four tunes more than the number only four years ago. How do the Japanese do It? Wages have been going up 15 to 20 per cent a year. The average monthly income of a household in the fiscal year end- Ing March 31 was up 12.7 percent over 1971. The Nomura Research Institute, a private "think has projected per capita annual income to reach by 1977 only less than that in America then. in Japan is relative- ly evenly distributed, making for mass purchasing power. A recent survey in Tokyo showed that only 8.9 per cent of the households had an annual in- come of WOO or less, w'mle only 10. l per cent had more than Japan has few very poor and few very rich and is a nation with a vasl middle class in life-style and income. saving is built into the wage structure, in add- ition to monthly wages, there are two lump sums equal to three months wages or more paid hi June and December. Nakamura's annual salary is but with bonus it comes to A major bank here estimated that billion, 30 per cent more than las! summer, will be paid out over the next few weeks, or an av- erage of per employee. other forms of in- come are furnished by employ- ers. Miss Suzuki and other of- fice employees get uniforms, which means they spend less on clothing. Mizuta and other managers do considerable en- tertaining at company expense. Nakamura pays only a month for a company owned house. Almost everyone has his transportation to work paid for, and many companies have subsidized cafeterias, vacation villas and such benefits as in- surance. Japanese tend to save off the top of income rather than put- ting away what is left at the end of the month. Americans buy now and pay later; Japan- ese save now and buy later. Credit is limited since most bank funds go into industrial and commercial financing. Moreover, said a department store executive, "we Japanese just don't like being in debt." on middle-class In- comes are realtive low and quite high on the rich. Mizuta pays about 10 per cent on this annual income, includ- ing bonuses. Nakamura's sub- sidized house, which would rent for about a year, it tax- free; the company pays the real-estate tax. use of money is care- fully planned. An experienced executive at Mitsukoshi, the biggest department store, said: "People these days make an annual purchasing plan. A hus- band will say to his wife: 'Last year we bought a color TV set and a desk for our son, so this rear we will buy a dresser for and next year, why don't we buy an Not everything here is rosy, >y any means. Housing is cramped and ex- pensive for what one gets. Miss Suzuki is to a little one-room apartment, with a tiny kitchen- ette and a toilet but no bath, or which she pays a month and that in a distant suburb. A slightly larger room with bath n central Tokyo costs a north. Few have central heat- ing, relying on gas or kerosene stoves. Land prices, always high In his crowded land, are soaring. Nakamura's plot, bought five years ago, has almost doubled n value. Food is expensive. The aver- age person pays about 32 per cent of income for food it was 37 per cent 10 years as compared with about 23 per cent in the United States. Appliances are smaller than American ones to fit both hous- ing and ppcketbook. A 16-inch color television costs a 21- inch set in the United States costs about Inflation, which has been add- ing to consumer prices, has been running about six per cent annually for several years and appears to be accelerating. The consumer price index jumped 2.1 per cent from April to May with the May figure 11.6 per cent over that a year ago. What is known as social in- frastructure roads, sewage, water supply lags behind in- dustrial and consumer progress. More Japanese have cars but no place to drive them because the roads are often clogged to a standstill. It took two hours the other Sunday to drive 15 miles to the edge of Tokyo. Despite the deficiences, the Japanese have come a long way since 1963, when, according to the economic planning agency, the average monthly household income was With it at today, department store sales are running over 20 per cent a month more than last year. In one luxury corner of Taka- shimaya, another big depart- ment store, imported dresses and perfume from France, men's wear from Bri- tain and Italy and other items sell for astronomical prices. A tie costs a cigarette light- er a women's purse Hashish king gunned down in Mideast CAIRO (Reuter) The "hashish most wanted criminal in the Middle East, has been gunned down by po- lice and has left behind a large fortune, it was reported Monday. Police said there are "spe- cial reasons'' for withholding the name of the man they called the "Ijashish king" who for years has headed Inter- pol's most-wanted-man list in the Middle East. The authoritative news- paper Al-Ahram said the criminal died in a gun battle with police but gave few de- tails. He eft a fortune of at least million, said Al-Ahram. Business brisk for animal coffin-making family in Ontario TORONTO (CP) "I want your test silk-lined a bereaved man told Gloria Bo- nello over the phone, "Expense is no object and I'd like you to arrange for the hearse, minister and flowers." "Yes Gloria answered. "We can provide the coffin, but don't you think the rest is a bit elaborate for a hamster." The line went dead and Gloria realized she'd lost a customer for her new coffins-for-pets service. Despite these occasional set- backs, business is still brisk for the Bonello family, all of whom help In the animal coffin-mak- ing business. After only six weeks in oper- ation, Gloria, a 36-year-old housewife and mother of five, had sold 20 wooden taskets to Toronto animal lovers "who want to have their pets buried with she said. All the caskets are velveteen- lined with flip, slide or hinged lids and sell for and up, de- pending on size. So far all Gloria's customers have been dog or cat owners al- though she has bad Inquiries for snakes, canaries and other pets. Some, like the owner, wanted funeral services while others have even asked for ttw dis- interment of long-gone pen for reburial in style. However, Gloria to simply in the business of coffin-making and stresses that "we have nothing to do with the burial" Seats to 29% off baby things Little tykes start out a big big saving Save on playpen Deluxe Stroll-R-Crib 25" Reg. R 67011 Folds flat. Nylon mesh. Vinyl covered foam pad. Floral pattern. h. Made in Canada. 61 99 Reg. b-22 R 66026. Carriage, stroller, travel bed. Shopping basket Blue or Jade Green. Made In Canada, Save en Lo Boy High Chair Reg. 20 3 position footrest. Foam padded, vinyl covered teat. Training chair Reg. A79 15.99 d-29 R 69017. Wht., Pink, Blue. Removable potty. Polystyrene. Made in U.S.A. Baby lounge Reg- O79 e-29R 11204. Vinyl covered pad. 3-pos. adj. back. Plastic. Safety strap. Made in Canada. Gift nurser set .4.4, 318 f-29 R 22256. Has 4 oz. and 8 oz. glass nursers, discs, nipples, caps, overcaps. Made in Canada. Flannel diapers Reg Q18 S-29 R 10040. Abso. bent cotton. Wht. obt. Pkg. of 12. Perma-freshed. Made in Canada. Pull-on pant h-29R 10232. Vinyl. 12) 23) 27 Ibs.) Made in Canada. Infant's vest k-29 R 31800. Fortrel 3-6-12- 18-24 mos. Tabs. Wht. or asstd. Made in Canada. Girl's brief Rea. -199 I R 36016. Perma- fit CSS 2-4-6-6X. Pkg. a Made in Canada. Denini Shorts Reg. 99 n-29 R pool. acrylic. Elastic waist Navy, Blue, Orange, Grn. 3-4-5-6-6X. Made in Canada. Not txactly at illustrated Girls' t-shirts Reg. p-29 R 10000. Asstd. styled, patterns and colours. 4-6-6x. Made in Canada. Girls' pyjamas s8 r-29 R pool. Asstd. prints. Flannelette. Fall styles. 4-6-6x. Made in Canada, Sneaker sock Reg- t-29 R 483404. Cushion foot Made in Canada. t-29 R 48306. Made in Canada. Reg. Boy's brief Reg. I v-29 R 36015. Polyester 2-4-6-6X. Wht or asstd. Retains shape. Made In Canada. Children's Boy's knit shirt Reg. -159 I w-29 R 0034. Perma- Prest 2 styles. Prints or solids. Asstd. 4-6- 6x. Made in Canada. Boy's pyjamas Reg. O38 x-29 R pool. Asstd. prints. Flannelette. Fall stylings. 4-6-6x. Made in Canada. Mothers-to-be, ask for more information at your local stora V bagains court wllh you, court on S impsons-Sears Shopper Stoppets STORE HOURS; Open daily from a.m. to p.m. Thursday and Friday a.m. to p.m. Centre Village Mall. Telephone 328-9231 ;