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For over a hundred years the Japanese line has been that foreign products are not suitable for the Japanese people.

Through the '90s it was still repeated by the Japanese press that Japanese stomachs were different from those of other humans and couldn't handle Western food.

The Japanese drive on the left because they rightly predicted Detroit would never make products with steering wheels on the "wrong" side just for Japan, England and a few other countries — so Japanese car-makers were sheltered.

Half of Japan is 110 volts AC (like the U.S.), the other half 220 (like Europe,) but the frequencies are reversed (110/50, 220/60) so the Japanese current is different from either. Japanese native electronics makers were thus protected to a degree.

In Japan you mount a horse on the right and the locks turn the wrong way. I don't know what economic plans they had in mind for these differences.


I loved the line about even slapping tarriffs on Japanese cars made in the US. I've been thinking much the same thing for several months now. I say an across-the-board 40% tarriff on anything that results in a profit to a Japanese firm in any way whatsoever.

And yes, at this point, given the way she manipulates America, I'd say Israel needs to be cut loose to fend for herself.


What goes around, comes around. If only people could wrap their heads around this simple rule, law or plain and simple good common sense, there would be less pain and more gain for all.

"Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control the process of choosing, you can take control of all aspects of your life.

You can find the freedom that comes from being in charge of yourself." ~ Robert Foster Bennett

Elaine Supkis

35 years of failed negotiations. This is quite a record. The latest negotiators are people who seem utterly clueless about hard-nosed infighting. Note that China has this older woman who has been through years of hardships, as their top trade negotiator.


Alas, the U.S. government has lost its capacity to negotiate. The era of "mailed fist in velvet glove" is gone. Now its, "walk loudly and hammer everyone in sight with the biggest stick."

Partly due to the end of the Cold War, and their successfully incursion into Iraq unilaterally, the big stick became the rule rather than the exception, and the manner of choice for negotiation.

Unfortunately, no one was minding the store when this was going on. The war mongers and profiteers forgot that you have to keep the furnace going to run the war machine. Oooops!

As the wise Forrest Gump would say, "Stupid is as stupid does." Peace.


"I noted here the astonishing news that Sanyo, of South Korea, was completely chased out of Japan" Surely you mean Sansung!

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