Saturday, November 25, 2006

F15, F22, and F2 Fighters

F15, F22, and F2 Fighters

When I was running back home, I was passed by a vehicle with the license number "777" while others with "3003," "9990," etc. were coming and going at their own speed, which was not an unusual situation, though.

I was not flying high like an F15 or F22 jet fighter.

Japanese Air Self-Defense Force has 200 F15s, each of which was purchased from a certain U.S. company at a price roughly between US$ 80 million and 100 million, though the U.S. Air force could purchase an F15 at US$ 40 million.

It is said the Japanese Government pays twice more than the U.S. Government does for an F15.

It means, with the same budget, Japan could hold 400 F15s now.

In the case of an F22, it is said Japan will have to pay US$ 130 million.
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As the U.S. aerospace industry sells goods worth 180 billion dollars per year nowadays, Japan's defense budget for F15s account for one percent of the yearly sales if we assume that Japan's 200 F15s were purchased in ten fiscal years.

Japan also buys other items from various U.S. aerospace products makers.
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Japan has developed its own fighter jet plane which is called F2 and can fly at the maximum speed of Mach 2.0 and has a flying range of 4,000Km (2,500 miles).

However, as Japanese laws prohibit exporting weapons to other countries, the price of F2, including its development costs, is fairly high, US$ 100 million each.

The Japanese Government has decided to purchase only about 100 F2s from a certain Japanese maker.

During WWII, Imperial Japan had produced 10,000 "Zero" fighters.

Now peace-loving Japan is to be equipped with the national fighters in an amount of one-hundredth of the total production number of the legendary "Zero" fighters.
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Flying a jet fighter plane may be cool, but if you don't understand process of creation of modern wealth, for example, in a factory or at a construction site, you may lack something in your intellect that is very critical for anyone allowed to be engaged in an operation for destroying enemy's modern wealth in the form of a factory or a building.

Yes, life is once, but eternity can be in any moment in a life if God allows, as you should really feel high in the air above sonic boom.


Friday, November 24, 2006

Sushi, Buddhism, and Tigers

Sushi, Buddhism, and Tigers

The Washington Post talked about sushi, a Japanese type of dish consisting of rice and fish and shellfish.

Their reporters seem to be very knowledgeable about Japanese cuisine and the culture behind it.

However, I would like to add some to it.
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Japanese had been officially forbidden to eat animal-meat from the seventh century to the late 19th century by governments and social authorities influenced by Buddhism.

Though animal-meat diets were actually practiced occasionally and especially in the Age of Civil Wars in Japan around the 16th century, most people avoided eating meat of cows, horses, boars, birds, etc. in order to observe the teachings of Buddha who had forbidden killing living things.

But they had not forbidden people to eat fish and shellfish. And since food staple in Japan has been rice for these 2000 years, it is natural consequence that people tried hard to find other dishes that matched rice, which was fish.
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The origin of contemporary sushi is the sushi fermented with fish and vegetables (called nare-zushi) that was first invented in Southeast Asia from which ancestors of some modern Japanese had emigrated in ancient times.

Some descriptions on nare-zushi are found in the 10th century's official documents of the Imperial Dynasty.

When vinegar was widely introduced into the Japanese society under the regime of the Tokugawa samurai clan since the 17th century, nare-zushi developed into a new style of cuisine which led to formation of contemporary sushi.
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Therefore Japanese traditionally ate sushi instead of beef.

They didn't have to kill a cow or an ox to take in an animal protein.

Killing fish is not so bloody or wild as killing cows and other big animals.

You can be a lay Buddhist.
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In a temple of Thai, they feed and keep tigers. When they were cubs just losing their mother, they were found and rescued by monks of the temple.

After growing up, those tigers are still kept in the temple, but they never attack monks and other people or animals, since they don't know the taste of blood.

Those monks give meat to tigers but such meat does not include blood. After almost completely taking out blood from meat, they give it to tigers as food.
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Sushi is better than beef for man.

Meat without blood is good for tigers living in the human world.

However, Jesus Christ said not to mind what you eat and what you put on.

I am highly convinced that man can win tigers with this spirit.


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Living Low, Believing High

Living Low, Believing High

Cash-out refinance in America is one of big concerns to Japanese idustries.

The rate of increase in value of homes has been declining in the U.S. residential real-estate market.

Money eventually supplied by Fannie Mae (FNM: Federal National Mortgage Association) is expected to decline from a $200 billion to a $100 billion level.

The trend directly affects U.S. consumer behaviors, because money at their hands is expected to decrease.

However, it is not a mainstream to expect a sweeping crash in the U.S. residential real-estate market and consumer loan market.

As two thirds U.S. domestic demand is supported by consumers, the issue is related to the whole U.S. economy as well as Japanese industries.
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If American dream is just to buy a house, to wait for its value to rise, to get cash based on the increased value, and to buy a bigger house and other luxuries with the cash, all enemies of the United States in the world should know they are fighting against somebody who cannot understand certain critical spiritual value; Consequently making a war against Americans cannot be glorious.

It is not God, but money that is the main concern for most of Americans.

Therefore, pious Muslims should not think that their fighting Americans could be so glorious and heroic.
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However, Japanese industries rely on this big American consumer power.

And nowadays Korean and Chinese industries also rely on this big American consumer power.

More specifically, the true driving force in the world economy is Americans buying homes.
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Live poor means of course living in a humble home.

The most serious issue in the U.S. is that God orders them to live poor as He does to everybody in the world.
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No matter how humbly in claiming this, I am still living poor.

And this is what I am telling you.