14 days in a row. There is a general sense that the economy is good. I believe this is mostly delusional. The Nikkei was at 38,062 late in 1989. Depending on what economic comparative parameter you use, that value today would be between 65,900 and 125,000. Say the purchasing power calculator is utilized. Then, that high today to exceed the Nikkei all time high would need to be 73,700. Thus, the 21,458 is a pale shadow on what Japan's economy was when their bubble burst. Right is the inflation-adjusted American Dow Jones.
With respect to, if Kim Jong-un should vanish, given the history of the CIA, I'm just not going to talk about it.
No wonder then that the North Korea chubby leader vents, but at least somewhat more colorfully. Regarding President Donald Trump (September 2017):
I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire.
And (December 2014):
Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds, like a monkey in a tropical forest.
one-hour presentation to Mensa last week was a bit long. Xi Jinping spoke for 3.5 hours to the the Community Party Congress, effectively kicking off his second 5-year reign. He put former President Jiang Zeming to sleep, However, this was nothing compared to Fidel Castro addressing the UN General Assembly for 4.5 hours in 1963 and Ted Cruz mesmerizing the U.S. Senate for 21 hours and 19 minutes on Obamacare in 2013.
Turns, that his grandfather was born Park Yeong-in in 1908 Korea. Here is a clip from PBS Finding Your Roots.
Super Typhoon Lan is now up to 155 MPH, and still projected to make a direct hit on Tokyo from the Pacific Ocean:
Lan has picked up speed to 26 MPH and will now be arriving even earlier. The few hours of safe time before my flight departs at 6:25PM is now a concern.
....The road to Narita Airport seemed to be on the verge of flooding. However, my bags and I got to the ANA check-in desk and all seems well. I had a feast in the ANA lounge...just in case of a bad case scenario. According to sources here, it will get a lot worse in a few hours.
Whoops, just heard an announcement in the lounge that all flights are delayed because of the typhoon. Not sure what that means. Hope to send you my next from Bangkok on schedule. Tokyo has now been raining, quite hard, for eight straight days. The weather in Bangkok and Seoul over the next week show no precipitation. It will be 90F in Bangkok, but Los Angeles will hit 100F on Tuesday. Seoul looks to reach a high of 70F when I get there in six days.