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(CNN)   Japan to develop space shuttle. Unfortunately will not transform in walking, talking robot.   ( divider line
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2002-01-02 10:36:29 AM  
Just so long as it's piloted by women with purple & green hair wearing bikinis.
2002-01-02 10:37:06 AM  
But of course
2002-01-02 10:39:27 AM  
Space Shuttle like Yankee Buck Rogers, apple pie number one! Super laser space journies for sure heheheheheeee!!!

Time for more coffee.
2002-01-02 10:41:07 AM  
to continue mr. Beers thoughts...

I am product of American Public schooling, I know nothing. Now with Wasabi
2002-01-02 10:47:28 AM  
Wasn't this a TV series once?
2002-01-02 11:06:14 AM  
The Sony Aibo will be the first pilot.

Bass555: I seem to remember that show! Wasn't there a "family" of them that "lived" in an extinct volcano or something? Looking back, the special effects were awful, but I couldn't get enought of it as a kid. I watched it on what became TBS SuperStation(WGBS??).
2002-01-02 11:08:17 AM  
Was I the only one that immediately thought of "G Force"? Can it look like a fiery Pheonix??
2002-01-02 11:12:20 AM  
Evil: Finest private institutions then state college supreme for flashy money mega fun! Like equal to Gross Domestic Product of Canada people, you all wishy washy like soap sud!

Japan in space. Hrm. Their shuttle will likely cost half of ours and be twice as reliable, like everything else they do.
2002-01-02 11:14:42 AM  
but it will be made in china to reduce costs.
2002-01-02 11:18:23 AM  
2002-01-02 11:22:27 AM  

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2002-01-02 11:27:56 AM  
Well, somebody has to chase those pesky Zentradi ships away.

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2002-01-02 11:35:36 AM  
Give it time, people.
Give it time ;)
2002-01-02 11:44:37 AM  
Also, one thing to remember: While I'm not saying that they have this intent (Japan is probably more interested in commercial satellites than anything - indeed, their current space capability is probably enough to have ICBMs shortly if they were wanted), but whenever someone develops a space program, they're simultaneously developing ICBM capability. Space programs are often a front. India and China have been perfect examples of this. Again, I don't think that's an intent here, but keep it in mind.
2002-01-02 11:45:10 AM  
I bet it gets better gas mileage.
2002-01-02 11:51:53 AM  
They'll probably have to use phone books to see over the console.
2002-01-02 12:06:15 PM  
If they land on the moon, would they take off their shoes before getting off the lander?
2002-01-02 01:21:28 PM  
Maybe they can contract Toyota to give the shuttle feelings.
2002-01-02 01:31:27 PM  
I just hope it's made by Nissan. That way it'll have more horsepower than comparably priced Hondas and Toyotas.
2002-01-02 02:19:53 PM  

Did you read Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy? It was about the Japanese developing a space program (and an ICBM program). I'm reading it right now and there are a few Japanese businessmen who have much power in Japan (including having the prime minister in their group) and who are planning on nuking the U.S. to cripple its trade power and to get revenge. Pretty scary.
2002-01-02 02:58:58 PM  
How long before we see the Voltron Force? "And I'll form...THE HEAD!"
2002-01-02 03:33:23 PM  
Jg-mh You are correct, sir!

Seriously, the Japanese are made for space.
2002-01-02 04:52:21 PM  
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2002-01-02 04:57:04 PM  

No, I haven't read it... sounds kind of interesting. You may have been on a thread where I mentioned this before, but, my former roomie, Rachel, used to work in intelligence for the army (mainly because she has a sick level of knowledge of languages ;) She's one of those people who you can say ok... what do you know about... (pick random language - I once tried Finnish)... Finnish? And she'll go off about how finnish is part of the same chain of languages as Hungarian, and how it's genderless, even in pronouns, how slowly it changes in comparison to other languages, etc etc... fluent in a number of languages, knows many many more to some extent, reads pretty much all common simple writing systems, etc). Wow, I got off topic. Aaanyways. She was once part of a team looking at inflows and outflows, production and known consumption, etc, of nuclear materials and products used to refine nuclear materials for estimating whether different countries have nuclear weapons programs, and she put together a fairly convincing case that, yes, at one point Japan did have a nuclear weapons program, but they cancelled it. A good bit of nuclear material was unaccounted for, and there were chemical/equiptment imports related to nuclear processing that went unaccounted for, for a period of several years. She also worked to dispell the pervailing attitude that the Japanese, being the only country to be nuked, would *never* develop nuclear weapons of their own. She showed that they met all of the criterea - motive (North Korea, China), capability (obviously)... I forget the others. But, it was pretty interesting to hear her describe it :)
2002-01-02 05:44:25 PM  
2002-01-02 07:13:29 PM  
Domo oreigato Mr Roboto
2002-01-02 10:40:43 PM  
Daz: Actually Clive Cussler already did a book on that. Only it was imported cars with the nukes implanted.
2002-01-02 11:58:48 PM  
Rei, under the terms of their post-war U.S.-written constitution, Japan is not allowed to develop offensive weapons. Indeed, the recent Japanese Navy action against the North Korean spy ship was defensive in nature(and the first action taken by their navy since World War II), since the ship refused to stop or change course after repeated warnings.

They could develop an ICBM, but I doubt that they would since they work very closely with the U.S. on their military arrangements. The U.S. would have a fit.
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