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Store Shelves Clearing In Tokyo
The Associated Press ^ | March 25, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 03/25/2011 6:35:26 AM PDT by Iron Munro

Edited on 03/25/2011 7:05:36 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

TOKYO - Nearly two weeks of rolling blackouts, distribution problems and contamination fears prompted by a leaking, tsunami-damaged nuclear plant have left shelves stripped bare of some basic necessities in stores across Tokyo.

Some people are even turning to the city's ubiquitous vending machines to find increasingly scarce bottles of water.


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1 posted on 03/25/2011 6:35:31 AM PDT by Iron Munro
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2 posted on 03/25/2011 6:39:10 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Iron Munro

Personally in touch with several friends in Tokyo and environs via email and there’s no big deal there.

This is laziness on the part of an AP stringer who doesn’t have the intiative or the contacts or the language skills to get up north.


3 posted on 03/25/2011 6:45:29 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Jack Hammer

Said stringer is likely innumerate as well, so he can’t begin to interpret radiation readings and exposure reports and issues.


4 posted on 03/25/2011 6:52:10 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Iron Munro

Now maybe some of those previously empty container ships returning to the Far East will be loaded with American produce to feed the distressed population in Japan.


5 posted on 03/25/2011 6:55:19 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Iron Munro
two workers were hospitalized after stepping into contaminated water while laying electrical cables

Ha, I don't care if it was pristine melted snow cap water from the Alps, if you drop a live wire into it while you standing there, it's gonna ruin your whole day!

6 posted on 03/25/2011 7:07:44 AM PDT by Sax
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To: Jack Hammer; maikeru; Dr. Marten; Eric in the Ozarks; Al Gator; snowsislander; sushiman; ...
Personally in touch with several friends in Tokyo and environs via email and there’s no big deal there. This is laziness on the part of an AP stringer who doesn’t have the intiative or the contacts or the language skills to get up north.

Indeed, I have not heard of any severe shortages from family/friends in Japan either. The Lamestream media is frustrated trying to sensationalize non-news.

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7 posted on 03/25/2011 7:08:00 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: DTogo
Many of my friends are in Matsudo (just over the Edo River from Tokyo). They are doing so well that the city is actually hosting people from the radiation zone.

Stores are asking customers to voluntarily limit their purchases of certain items such as milk and toilet paper. There is a shortage of carpenters to repair roof damage in the area resulting from the quake. Many of the people from the radiation zone are rural people with skills in carpentry. A win-win for both groups.

8 posted on 03/25/2011 7:24:24 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: DTogo

Please add me to your Japan ping list.

Thanks,

cll


9 posted on 03/25/2011 7:25:05 AM PDT by cll (I am the warrant and the sanction)
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To: DTogo

pls put me on your ping list
thanks!


10 posted on 03/25/2011 7:25:48 AM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: Iron Munro

Thanks.


11 posted on 03/25/2011 7:35:59 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Don Corleone
Now maybe some of those previously empty container ships returning to the Far East will be loaded with American produce to feed the distressed population in Japan.

That would be nice if true; however, the Japaneese would tax our products so high that normal people couldnt afford them.This is a terrible situation but I am still very upset about their trade policies and the fact that our government lets them get away with it.

12 posted on 03/25/2011 7:36:34 AM PDT by Moleman
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To: cll; ncpatriot

You’re on, domo!


13 posted on 03/25/2011 7:37:51 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Kartographer

IBTAS - In Before the anti-survivalists


14 posted on 03/25/2011 7:40:06 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Thanks for the feedback. It’s always nice to hear of some good resulting from a tragedy such as this.


15 posted on 03/25/2011 7:41:38 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Moleman
That would be nice if true; however, the Japanese would tax our products so high that normal people couldn't afford them.

Are you reading from a 1980's set of union talking points?

I lived in Japan 1988-2002. While I was there, Japan opened their markets to American apples, beef, rice and scores of other commodities.

They were widely available and affordable. In fact, to protect the integrity of their supply, many Japanese retailers moved their representatives to America and entered into partnerships or even bought outright (and where permitted) enterprises such as cattle ranches in Nebraska and rice farms in California.

The best wheat from America (with some competition from Australia) gets unloaded at the port of Kobe, goes from ship to seaside grain elevators where it is milled and baked into bread sold all over Japan.

It is true that certain commodities do not sell so well, but it isn't because they are taxed or overpriced. It is because Japanese consumers value taste and freshness more than price. Washington apples are a case in point-- they are widely available and cheaper than the local produce, but they've spent at least 3-4 weeks in an ocean container and warehouses before they get to market. You could airfreight them in, but then they lose their cost advantage over the local produce, which is the only reason they sell at all.

16 posted on 03/25/2011 7:59:53 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: DTogo

Please add me too!


17 posted on 03/25/2011 8:07:09 AM PDT by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
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To: DTogo
Both brothers-in-law have said that it's still hard to get prepared foods at convenience stores, but the initial rush to horde staples seems to be over. Now it's just a problem feeding commuters. Bottled water is still in demand, but that has to do with the ambiguous announcements this morning about leaking valves, pipes, or reactor core.
18 posted on 03/25/2011 8:13:48 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: Vigilanteman
There is a shortage of carpenters to repair roof damage in the area resulting from the quake

Two months later from a storm that hit here and there are still houses with tarps on their roofs and businesses still not open due to ongoing repairs. It takes time. Japan will be a long time recovering.

19 posted on 03/25/2011 8:16:12 AM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: DTogo

Please add me to your Japan ping list.

I’ve forgotten THANK YOU in Japanese.

???


20 posted on 03/25/2011 8:19:51 AM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Iron Munro

From your Atkins site - “2.If a fire was headed your way and you knew the fire was going to reach and completely destroy your home in about one-hour, then you either abandon your home or you die. It this situation it should only take you a few minutes to put your bug-out-bags into your escape vehicle, along with several cases of food, and then you could head away from the danger zone.”

I highly disagree. You have a one hour lead time on a fire that’s going to destroy everything you own you do not load several cases of food. No way. Food will be easily bought outside the fire zone. What you pack are your family photo albums and anything else you can’t replace. Since he can’t figure that out on page one, I’m done reading.


21 posted on 03/25/2011 8:23:36 AM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: Iron Munro; Alamo-Girl; Amityschild; AngieGal; AnimalLover; Ann de IL; aposiopetic; aragorn; ...

THANKS THANKS.

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22 posted on 03/25/2011 8:25:30 AM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: DTogo

Thanks. I have “assets” in Camp Zama and I’ll be visiting this fall.


23 posted on 03/25/2011 8:26:53 AM PDT by cll (I am the warrant and the sanction)
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To: TEXOKIE

You’re on, domo!


24 posted on 03/25/2011 8:33:33 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Quix
You're already on.

Thanks: domo
Thank you: arigato
Thank you very much: domo arigato (Mr. Robot-o)

25 posted on 03/25/2011 8:38:34 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Quix

Thanks for the ping!


26 posted on 03/25/2011 8:42:58 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: DTogo

THX.

DOH! Somewhere in the recesses of my brain . . . I might have known that.


27 posted on 03/25/2011 8:48:37 AM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: metmom

There are anti-survivalists here? This is not sarcasm, I have never read any comments poo-pooing having a pile of ammo, water, and food “just in case”.


28 posted on 03/25/2011 9:05:46 AM PDT by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Excuse me, you are right with respect to produce. I am a bit biased being in the automotive industry here in Michigan. Try selling an automobile in Japan.... not gonna happen.


29 posted on 03/25/2011 9:07:37 AM PDT by Moleman
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To: Iron Munro

Thanks Iron Mun, good survival links,

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http://www.grandpappy.info/hsimple.htm

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http://www.grandpappy.info/indexhar.htm

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30 posted on 03/25/2011 9:18:07 AM PDT by Joya (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house ...)
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To: Iron Munro

Dollar Store has most everything required to feed oneself or a family of four.

Just went to CVS to pickup some batteries and walked by a sale on Hormel Ham 1# for $4.50. I took 5 and may get some more.


31 posted on 03/25/2011 9:19:49 AM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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Whatever. Just another opinion.

Your life is more important and that is the point behind most prep articles.

They want you to focus on life saving or life extending practices.


32 posted on 03/25/2011 9:22:44 AM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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Indeed, I have not heard of any severe shortages from family/friends in Japan either.

Incorrect. There is one severe shortage.

There is a great lack of Crisis and Panic.

We need to airlift some now.

33 posted on 03/25/2011 9:46:58 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: Moleman
Try selling an automobile in Japan.... not gonna happen.

Try making an automobile with the steering wheel on the right side of the car which fits Japanese roads and compares well in price, performance and quality and then get back to me.

FWIW, the yakuza and a few others like American cars just the way they are, along with a few other minor market segments.

The Germans, BTW, have no problem selling cars in Japan. Could it be it is because they employ somebody besides U.A.W. drones who actually take pride in their work?

Oh, and BTW, I have a bud who works for the Honda plant in Marysville, Ohio. They export some of the cars they make to Japan.

34 posted on 03/25/2011 9:58:18 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Lazamataz; Jack Hammer

I stand corrected, the shelves in the “Crisis and Panic” section of most Japanese stores are indeed bare!


35 posted on 03/25/2011 10:00:05 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Iron Munro
courtesy of "Tsunami Obama"

I loathe Obama as much as anyone here, but blaming him in any way for that tsunami is just plain wrong. Does it even have to be said that no national leader is responsible for a natural disaster? As for how the aftermath has been handled, Obama is not the president of Japan. Heck, he's barely the president of these United States.

36 posted on 03/25/2011 10:02:47 AM PDT by Wolfstar ("If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Wolfstar
Does it even have to be said that no national leader is responsible for a natural disaster?

Yes, because how many times was Bush blamed for every natural disaster, by way of blaming Global Warming?

37 posted on 03/25/2011 10:04:23 AM PDT by dfwgator
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Bfl


38 posted on 03/25/2011 10:20:32 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (Conservative States of America has a nice ring to it.)
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There are anti-survivalists here? This is not sarcasm, I have never read any comments poo-pooing having a pile of ammo, water, and food “just in case”.

Yeah. Kartographer has had several show up on his threads. Anything from, *what good is it to prep if some tsunami is going to wash it all away?* , to *we're all going to die anyway so why bother?*.

As if someone prepping is going to affect them any. If they don't want to, they don't have to, but last I knew it was a free country and nobody asked for their opinion.

I fail to see why someone would get so worked up about what someone else is doing for themselves.

39 posted on 03/25/2011 10:24:28 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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Yeah. Kartographer has had several show up on his threads. Anything from, *what good is it to prep if some tsunami is going to wash it all away?* , to *we're all going to die anyway so why bother?*.

Those and the ones who think that anything that comes is going to be God's inescapable Armageddon, despite the fact that history has shown that man and nature can handily screw things up to a point were in you would wish that God would end it all.
And though they will swear it isn't true they will turn just as nasty as the 'Katrina Sheeple' in a real emergency and will be just as likely to rob and kill for what they need.

"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Siege of AR-558 (#7.8)" (1998)
Quark: Let me tell you something about Hew-mons, Nephew. They're a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people... will become as nasty and as violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You don't believe me? Look at those faces. Look in their eyes.
40 posted on 03/25/2011 10:36:35 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Lazamataz
We need to airlift some now.

ZOMG!11! You're right! FReepers are a relatively charitable bunch, can't we send them some from here? We have so much to spare, I don't think we'd miss it.

41 posted on 03/25/2011 11:24:16 AM PDT by lonevoice (Where the Welfare State is on the march, the Police State is not far behind)
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To: lonevoice
We need to airlift some [Crisis and Panic] now

ZOMG!11! You're right! FReepers are a relatively charitable bunch, can't we send them some from here? We have so much to spare, I don't think we'd miss it.

Here's a few crates, load them up on the C130 and we'll airdrop em.





42 posted on 03/25/2011 11:31:16 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: Lazamataz

Wow, that put me into a seizure ...


43 posted on 03/25/2011 11:32:31 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: DTogo

My son and DIL say they can’t get bottled water in Yokohama.


44 posted on 03/25/2011 11:58:40 AM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Jack Hammer
“This is laziness on the part of an AP stringer who doesn’t have the intiative or the contacts or the language skills to get up north.”

Yes but it is more dramatic to say that store shelves are emptying.
The drama queen is the new symbol of our age.

45 posted on 03/25/2011 12:02:02 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Yes We Can, have smaller government)
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To: Jack Hammer

My son is over there and he says that, other than some cracks in the sidewalks and streets, it’s fine where he is in the chiba district. However, he is coming home next week since his job as an english teachers dried up because all of his students are gone after fleeing the country.


46 posted on 03/25/2011 12:05:11 PM PDT by ducttape45
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To: Vigilanteman

“Try making an automobile with the steering wheel on the right side of the car which fits Japanese roads and compares well in price, performance and quality and then get back to me.”

That was the problem decades ago.

The problem now is trade barriers. Unless the laws have changed recently, they practically disassemble every vehicle on the pier before allowing it into the country. That wastes time and money. Not to mention taxes, tariffs, and quotas.

Were it otherwise, surely Mini Coopers would be immensely popular there.

The Japanese play to win, not to tie.


47 posted on 03/25/2011 12:15:37 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Vendome
Your life is more important and that is the point behind most prep articles. They want you to focus on life saving or life extending practices.

A fire is usually within a specific area. Outside that area there will be no damage so food, shelter, and life as we know it continues as normal. The scenerio said you have time go back in to gather cases of food. That's what I disagree with. Why gather food when there is plenty outside the immediate area? If you have all that time to gather something that you won't be needing then use the time he gave you to gather something of importance like the family photo album and other keepsakes which he says will be destroyed.

48 posted on 03/25/2011 12:56:34 PM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: dfwgator

Dubya wasn’t blamed for the actual natural disasters, but the handling afterward — unfairly in my opinion Also, just because the Left acts viciously doesn’t mean we have to do the same thing.


49 posted on 03/25/2011 1:51:32 PM PDT by Wolfstar ("If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: bgill

Nothing wrong with your opinion. My Bug out options take into consideration severity and duration.

If I need to act now then it’s the G.O.O.D. and I’m on the road.

If I have time I’ll grab a few personal items but I won’t linger.

But with an hours head start, I can get quite a bit in 15 minutes and be on the road before the fire reaches me.

I don’t think most people have thought through the very real possibility for disaster.

Haveing been snowed in, gone through mudslides, floods, tornadoes, southern style hail and even fire, I don’t take anything for granted.

I even escaped the riots in San Francisco by a mere 10 minutes during the whole Rodney King fiasco.

So I am pretty much prepared for all eventualities and know where I will go depending on the incident.

Most people in my are will go to the Santa Cruz mountains to seek shelter under the redwoods.

Not me. I’m going east to avoid as many people as possible and my B.O.B. is designed around that possibility.

Besides, people are stupid and will end up lighting the forest on fire for their carelessness.


50 posted on 03/25/2011 2:17:05 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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