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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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TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: food; japan; nuclear; tsunami
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To: dsc
There's no shortage of BMW's and Mercedes Benz's in Japan. Yanase, a dealer in imported cars, has dealerships all over the country.

I'm not sure what the service record ib Mini Coopers might be. But I don't recall seeing too many while I was over there.

51 posted on 03/25/2011 2:23:27 PM 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: Vigilanteman
They are doing so well that the city is actually hosting people from the radiation zone.

If I don't focus on what is being broadcast in the news, I'm left with the intended impression that the entire country of Japan is radioactive and out of food supplies.......and of course that's not the case.

But the MSM, in their own insidious way, leads you to believe that it is all of Japan.

52 posted on 03/25/2011 2:39:48 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Oh Magoo, you've done it again.....)
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To: Vigilanteman

“There’s no shortage of BMW’s and Mercedes Benz’s in Japan.”

Yes, but those are luxury items. The people who buy those in Japan aren’t worried about a few hundred thousand yen here and there.

A Mini Cooper would be — or should be — affordable.


53 posted on 03/25/2011 3:31:16 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Wolfstar
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?

I thought my pun was self explanatory but apparently not so.

I wasn't blaming the Japanese Tsunami on Obama.

I equated the disaster he has brought to America with the disaster the Tsunami brought to Japan.

He is our Tsunami. Get it?


54 posted on 03/25/2011 5:22:28 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Our country's founders cherished liberty, not democracy." -- Ron Paul)
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To: DTogo
Please add me to your ping list. どうも有り難うございました!
55 posted on 03/25/2011 6:58:42 PM PDT by AngieGal
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To: Iron Munro

Reporting from Tokyo, (Kugayama, Suginami Ward) I can give you the following update.

Most shelves at the supermarkets are full again with the exception of milk, bread and bottled water, but all are available. The local Seiyu Supermarket has asked customers to limit their bottle water purchases to two 2-liter PET bottles per customer and has posted an easy to understand chart showing Iodine-131 concentrations in the tap water, with indicators where the danger levels are.

They also ask that people over 40 who are no in any danger at all from the increased iodine-131 to refrain from purchases so it will be available for families with babies. The local ward office has trucks out delivering free bottled water to families who can’t get to the stories.

I surmise that the wheat is being channeled to the disaster areas where it is being baked into bread for emergency rations. Ditto the milk, most of which comes from Hokkaido and and also faces a transportation bottleneck. But once again, both ARE available, just in limited amounts.

There is no shortage of meat, fish or any fresh veggies. In fact, fresh vegetable prices are very cheap because of the iodine-131 scare, even if they are grown far south of Tokyo and not affected by the disaster at all.

Bananas are extremely cheap at 95 yen per bunch of five or six, oranges and grapefruit from the states are also quite reasonable, Hokkaido apples are not available, but the US apples are.

In my fridge right now, I have a 600 gram package of hamburger meat I am going to use for chili this afternoon. It cost 445 yen at 89 yen per 100 grams, which was a good price before the earthquake, so that’s about normal. American beef and pork are both available.


56 posted on 03/25/2011 7:41:58 PM PDT by Ronin (Looking forward to saving money on night lights!!!)
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To: Ronin

do they have Mexicans picking the apples there?


57 posted on 03/25/2011 7:50:41 PM PDT by rahbert
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To: Vigilanteman

It is not so much that their is a ‘shortage’ of carpenters, but rather that there is a huge surplus of carpentry work.

The rebuilding from this tsunami will suck up a lot of basic supplies from all over the world.


58 posted on 03/25/2011 7:54:41 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: rahbert

Only the ones that swim here.


59 posted on 03/25/2011 8:12:10 PM PDT by Ronin (Looking forward to saving money on night lights!!!)
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To: Nailbiter

BFL


60 posted on 03/25/2011 8:13:39 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: Pikachu_Dad

The rebuilding from this tsunami will suck up a lot of basic supplies from all over the world.

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Oh good, ‘cause I think we have 50 million illegals here who just want a better life and can do the work the Japanese won’t do. /sarc on


61 posted on 03/25/2011 9:12:59 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: DTogo

Isn’t the correct phrase: Domo arigato Bendo Roboto?

I wish all those in Japan a quick recovery.


62 posted on 03/25/2011 11:54:36 PM PDT by bIlluminati (Don't just hope for change, work for change in 2011-2012.)
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To: DTogo

please add me to the Japan ping list too :)


63 posted on 03/26/2011 4:48:10 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: Don Corleone

I doubt it!
I have seen nothing to indicate Japan is lifting their high tariff’s, even temporarily.


64 posted on 03/26/2011 6:35:14 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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