While I generally enjoy living in Japan, there are a few things I dislike. Having to pay $22 to see a movie in a theatre or $35 for a pizza, which are exotic "Western" imports and thus expensive, though 100-yen-per-plate sushi offsets this somewhat. The voices of politicians shouting at me through loudspeakers during Japanese elections is also something I could do without. It's also no picnic living next to North Korea, the least fun nation on the planet, which operates state-sponsored programs to counterfeit Japanese currency and smuggle illegal drugs into Japan, and has kidnapped at least 17 Japanese citizens since 1977 to serve as language teachers for North Korean spies. Now North Korea has launched a long-range missile, I mean a peaceful satellite, a three-stage ticket that splashed down off the coast of the Philippines. While the belligerent act was clearly intended to threaten Japan and South Korea, the message is clear: North Korea can strike at any country in Asia and even reach the West Coast of the U.S. So, anyone want to trade places with us?
North Korea launched another missile. That means I get to use this graphic again.