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Posted on 03/25/2011 6:35:26 AM PDT by Iron MunroEdited 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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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.
Said stringer is likely innumerate as well, so he can’t begin to interpret radiation readings and exposure reports and issues.
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.
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!
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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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.
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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.
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Thanks for the feedback. It’s always nice to hear of some good resulting from a tragedy such as this.
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.
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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.
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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.
BTW, Iron Munro; What percentage of your extended family and friend, co-worker social network are convinced A) that these are the Biblical “END TIMES” and/or that super devastating times are headed this way . . . due to globalism or whatever?
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Thanks. I have “assets” in Camp Zama and I’ll be visiting this fall.
You’re on, domo!
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Thank you very much: domo arigato (Mr. Robot-o)
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DOH! Somewhere in the recesses of my brain . . . I might have known that.
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”.
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.
Thanks Iron Mun, good survival links,
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.
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.
Incorrect. There is one severe shortage.
There is a great lack of Crisis and Panic.
We need to airlift some now.
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.
I stand corrected, the shelves in the “Crisis and Panic” section of most Japanese stores are indeed bare!
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.
Yes, because how many times was Bush blamed for every natural disaster, by way of blaming Global Warming?
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.
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.
Wow, that put me into a seizure ...
My son and DIL say they can’t get bottled water in Yokohama.
Yes but it is more dramatic to say that store shelves are emptying.
The drama queen is the new symbol of our age.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.