You know how it goes when a VIP comes to town: streets unexpectedly blocked, swarms of shifty-eyed men in dark suits with little curly wires in their ears, cavalcades of unnecessarily long dark cars swanning through the streets? Annoying, right?
Well, in Japan, everybody takes the subway, so you’d think these irritating VIP visits would be only marginally inconvenient, but you’d be WRONG. In preparation for the American President’s visit, the Powers That Be decided that not only trash cans, but also recycle bins(!), were Public Safety Menace #1, and for a week, all the places to toss that empty drink bottle/can you bought at a vending machine are taped shut.
Why? you might ask. GOOD QUESTION. Thanks to one bunch of crazies who released sarin gas in the subway twenty years ago, the Japanese authorities live in fear that some terrorist group will cleverly use that been-there-done-that idea and turn the trash receptacles of Tokyo into deadly weapons of mass destruction. (By the way, the sarin gas wasn’t hidden in trash cans, but all trash cans disappeared from Tokyo after that anyway, wtf?)
Meanwhile, millions of Japanese are cursing President Obama and the limo he rode in on, as they tote their empties endlessly around like The Trash Without A Country.
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4 thoughts on “Japanese Invent A New Way For VIP Visits To Annoy The Populace”
The President is flying to Japan this week?? I’M flying to Japan this week! Maybe he’ll be at the airport the same time as me! Probably not the same plane: the Navy won’t put me on Air Force One, but it might put me on a C-130…
Hey, are you here? Mr. President has come and gone, but you’ve got four great years to enjoy this place! ^_^
Not yet, today is my last full day in America. I fly to Seattle tomorrow night, then to Yokosuka Thursday morning and arrive Friday morning.
Bon voyage! (^Θ^)/