There seems to be a persistent barking coming from North Korea as these sanctions “bite”

Several hours after UN economic sanctions were announced on North Korea, the North Koreans launched a few rockets out over the Sea of Japan in a apparent display of contempt. Just as the missile crew launched the missiles, they probably yell out: “We will rain hell down on you evil capitalists“, which come to think of it does have some merit. This time though compared to previous “sanctions”, the UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution, drafted by the US and China, “punishing North Korea with some of the toughest sanctions in decades”.  Alright, North Korea, that’s enough, we’re going to really punish you now. A number of North Korean officials were apparently sanctioned (offshore bank account assets?), and all cargo in and out of North Korea must be inspected, along with other measures according to this most recent UN action. What might those “other measures” be? They would include drug trade; money laundering; offshore investments; weapons sales; spies under diplomatic immunity; nuclear technology exchanges; gold smuggling; drug trafficking. With a list like that makes one wonder what countries allow North Korea to get away with all that?

That must have really pissed off the North Koreans. So they fire a few missiles like a child throwing a temper tantrum. Wouldn’t it be interesting to discover that China called Pyongyang and said: “Hey, can you guys like fire a few missiles out into the Sea of Japan to demonstrate your belligerence towards the west?” Don’t worry, China won’t allow North Korea to go much further than pelting a few antiquated missiles out over the Sea of Japan (why can’t we call it the “Sea of Korea?”). Why? Because in 2014 trade between China and Korea hit $6.39 billion, up from about $500 million in 2000 (North Korea’s top export is coal). No wonder China’s skies are dense with smoke and soot from burned off coal? North Korea has also been producing more statues than any other country as an export product. If the economic statics are evaluated, North Korea actually has a very robust export trade going on with Netherlands coming in second to China for exports from North Korea. Netherlands?

And look what I found? A video of North Korea barking…it has a terrifying bark…


Source: Independent

North Korea fires short-range missiles into Sea of Japan hours after UN Sanctions

South Korean experts attempt to identify exactly what was fired

by Matt Payton

An undated file picture released by the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North Korean ruling Workers Party EPA

North Korea has fired short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan – hours after the UN Security Council voted in favour sanctions against the regime.

The South Korean defence ministry told the Yonhap news agency the projectiles were launched from Wonsan on the east coast, the BBC reports.

It follows Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.

And it came just hours after the United Nations announced what have been described as the strictest sanctions imposed on North Korea in 20 years.

As a result, all cargo going in and out of the country will be inspected, while 16 more people and 12 organisations have been blacklisted.

The United States and China spent seven weeks discussing the nature of the sanctions.

Chinese visiting Japan brings serious cash flow during bakugai and a few entrepreneurial Chinese get busted

Bakugai (explosive buying) brought in ¥100 billion (US$830 million) between October 1-7, 2015.
Bakugai (explosive buying) brought in to Japan ¥100 billion (US$830 million) between October 1-7, 2015.


In 2015, there were an estimated 19.7 million tourists to Japan with around 43 percent being Chinese spending an estimated 3.5 trillion yen ($30 billion). The average Chinese tourist to Japan spent ¥152,991 per person (about 7,960 yuan or about $1,244). During the Chinese October Golden Week holiday from October 1-7, 2015 Chinese tourists to Japan spent more than ¥100 billion (US$830 million) on shopping. Chinese tourists came for “bakugai” (explosive shopping). The 19.7 million tourists is just short of the 20 million the Japanese government aims to pull off by 2020, when Tokyo hosts the Olympic Games.

With the huge influx of Chinese tourists, it looks like a few Chinese entrepreneurs have been cashing in on the Chinese tourist boom. In Fukuoka, several Chinese were apparently illegally working as tour guides. One reason might be do to the number of Chinese tourists coming to Japan and not enough guides to get them to all the right shops for bakugai.  Another reason for their working illegally, may also be that more and more Chinese tourists to Japan are deciding to head out alone. More Chinese visiting Japan are deciding to get out into the countryside of Japan to see what is there rather then spending their time shopping.  It appears that these Chinese “illegal” tour guides were probably getting some type of kick back perhaps from the shops they took Chinese tourists to for their “discriminating bakugai experience” while in Japan.


Source: Mainichi News

Chinese woman deported from Japan for illegally working as tour guide

March 4, 2016 (Mainichi Japan)

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) — A Chinese woman in her 30s has been deported from Japan for illegally working as a tour guide for foreign tourists in a southwestern Japan city and getting paid for taking them to duty-free shops, investigative sources said Thursday.

The woman, who was in Japan on a dependent visa, is believed to have earned about 30 million yen ($263,000) from duty-free shops in Fukuoka for taking tourists to the shops between May and November last year.

She was also ordered to pay fines for violating immigration laws by working as a tour guide without a work permit or proper license, they said.

Meanwhile, the police sent papers to prosecutors on a Chinese student in his 20s regarding similar violations, the sources said. He earned at least 46 million yen from duty-free shops in the city between September 2014 and September last year.

The police also sent papers to prosecutors on six executives of three tourist agencies and three duty-free shops in Fukuoka for violating the law by hiring such tour guides and paying them.

The number of illegal tour guides seems to be increasing on the back of the growing number of foreign tourists to Japan.

A Japan Tourism Agency official said that it is receiving numbers of complaints these days from tourists, especially Chinese, saying their tour guide was not properly licensed and tried to get them to buy expensive goods.

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