LET IT BE RESOLVED that we should *totally* Import the entire Island nation of Japan.
March 23, 2001 8:06 AM   Subscribe

LET IT BE RESOLVED that we should *totally* Import the entire Island nation of Japan.
My question is, where the heck are we going to put it?
posted by darukaru (17 comments total)
It's not that big. I'm sure we could clear out some space in the Midwest or great plains. Of course, this will stunt the production of the best sushi in the world.
posted by rklawler at 8:12 AM on March 23, 2001

Naah, just deep-six the south, spin off Texas into its own nation, and make Montana a big lake. Then we'll have plenty of room!

[I enjoyed this link.]
posted by hijinx at 9:10 AM on March 23, 2001

Um, hey, I *like* Montana...let's just drag Japan somewhere between the West Coast and Hawaii; maybe attach it to southern Washington state -- sort of a New Olympic Peninsula.
posted by aramaic at 10:00 AM on March 23, 2001

I didn't know this site existed. What a great idea (the site.. not the Japan thing. You think you can't get cell phone bandwidth NOW?)

I looked through the list of all petitions and, while there are a good number of serious ones there, it appears that most people use it in the same fashion as the author of this petition. I hope the whole thing doesn't turn into a joke.
posted by goto11 at 10:38 AM on March 23, 2001

Inspired by those crazy boys at Penny Arcade
posted by owillis at 10:48 AM on March 23, 2001

A friend of mine who has visited Japan several times on business tells me it's surprisingly difficult, at least for a visiting gaijin, to find good sushi. They eat so much of it over there that most of it tends to be rather mediocre -- kind of like if you randomly picked a place to get a burger here, you'd probably end up with McDonald's or Burger King and not a really great burger. He says a sushi place near his house in Bothell actually has better sushi than any he's had in Tokyo, but of course he plans to keep trying.
posted by kindall at 10:56 AM on March 23, 2001

kindall: Your friend's problem is that he is trying to find good sushi in Tokyo. The demand in Tokyo for skilled sushi chefs and fresh fish is so high that the VERY expensive restaurants usually come away with all of the good chefs and fish. He should go to a less populated region if he wants some good raw fish.
posted by Neb at 12:24 PM on March 23, 2001

My personal favorite:

1207. Alan Ross
If we can send a man to the moon, we can surely import a small island nation
posted by samsara at 4:32 PM on March 23, 2001

Hey Kindall!
Where in Bothell?
posted by black8 at 4:46 PM on March 23, 2001

isn't japan like 4 islands?
posted by starduck at 5:23 PM on March 23, 2001

Yeah, that's more or less the theory we had developed, Neb. High demand, constrained supply, so most of the product tends toward mediocrity. I'll tell him to try to get out of town a bit next time.

I'm actually just north of Lynnwood myself, black8. If my good friend and colleague wants to chime in with his location (he does lurk here occasionally although he usually doesn't have time to read the message boards) I'll let him speak up for himself.
posted by kindall at 6:08 PM on March 23, 2001

Japan is like 4000 islands (for various values of "island"). The four big ones make up 98% of the land area, though.
posted by dhartung at 11:47 PM on March 23, 2001

If we import Japan, then who's going to make our cool shit though? What if the Japanese become too Americanized to make cartoons or develop new toys?
posted by Loudmax at 12:04 AM on March 24, 2001

Put it ontop of canada. No one will know that canada is missing... =)
posted by pehtes at 1:15 AM on March 24, 2001

no no, If we're actually going to move Japan, it should be used to extend the length of Florida. That would solve soooo many problems that I wouldn't even know where to begin....
posted by samsara at 7:50 AM on March 24, 2001

If we imported Japan, would they let us vote?
posted by Eamon at 8:28 AM on March 24, 2001

Eamon, I doubt it.
posted by lia at 8:32 AM on March 24, 2001

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