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Jan 10th, 2020 at 9:38pm
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Here are some pictures I took of the Tokyo underground system.


It is so complicated with dozens of unneeded and overlapping lines.  Most Japanese born and raised in Tokyo are not totally familiar with the whole thing.  Their intercity highways are just as complicated. Miss one on-ramp or exit and you will find yourself going in circles for hours if you don't know how to get back.

After the war, 12 companies bidding on the right to create the underground and all 12 got rights through bribery.  It was such a mess that the government had to buy the whole thing in the '80s but wasn't able to manage it all so they had to sell it back to 6 private companies.

Everyone gets lost there because when you are all over the map, it is the same as not having a map.
  
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Reply #1 - Jan 11th, 2020 at 6:01pm
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I suppose crony capitalism was involved in creating the maps, too, and that a better free market map is illegal.

Isn't there an interactive GPS app that you could use to have your smart phone lead you around the city in the subways?

It is after all, well into the 21st Century...
  

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Jeff wrote on Jan 11th, 2020 at 6:01pm:
I suppose crony capitalism was involved in creating the maps, too, and that a better free market map is illegal.

Isn't there an interactive GPS app that you could use to have your smart phone lead you around the city in the subways?

It is after all, well into the 21st Century...


Sure there is but it is still very confusing once you enter the subway.  Sometimes when I get lost, I ask a local and they aren't sure either.   Many of the lines have merged.  In the past, it was even more confusing.

You should see the Tokyo station, it is a whole city underground with malls, restaurants, cinemas, hotels, everything.
  
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Reply #3 - Jan 11th, 2020 at 6:58pm
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yamcha wrote on Jan 11th, 2020 at 6:34pm:
You should see the Tokyo station, it is a whole city underground with malls, restaurants, cinemas, hotels, everything.
Terrorists? Anarchists and Communists?
  

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They do have a Communist Party in Japan and in many ways, their society is kind of socialistic and they all revere their Emperor still.

But getting back to Crony Capitalism, I think it is just amazing that by 1964, not only were they able to clear away the rubble and rebuild but they built Tokyo Tower, the first Bullet train and hosted the Olympics and had the strongest steel industry in the world.  How do you do that in 19 years?
  
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yamcha wrote on Jan 11th, 2020 at 7:23pm:
They do have a Communist Party in Japan and in many ways, their society is kind of socialistic and they all revere their Emperor still.

I remember hearing about terrorist attacks in Tokyo.
  

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Reply #6 - Jan 11th, 2020 at 7:47pm
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I think you are talking about the chemical attack on the subway by some Japanese cult many years ago.

They don't have a problem with real Arab terrorists since they don't care for Jews.  It is strange that the Japanese intensely hate Jews.
  
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