Japan http://kplu.org en Costco Aims for World Domination (or at Least 36 More Stores) http://kplu.org/post/costco-aims-world-domination-or-least-36-more-stores <p>You can already buy gigantic packages of toilet paper and toothpaste at Costco stores everywhere from Misato City, Japan, to Lidcombe, Australia. Those are just two of Costco&#39;s 634 stores worldwide.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But now, Costco is planning a more aggressive expansion in the coming 12 months. The wholesale retailer says it aims to open as many as 36 more stores, 10 more than in the fiscal year that ended at the beginning of September.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Half of those stores will be outside the U.S.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 19:05:08 +0000 Ashley Gross 10360 at http://kplu.org Costco Aims for World Domination (or at Least 36 More Stores) Delegation from Japan Visiting Wash. to Renew Ties http://kplu.org/post/delegation-japan-visiting-wash-renew-ties <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">A delegation of 250 people from a prefecture in Japan is visiting Washington to celebrate 50 years of a sister-state relationship.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Leaders from Washington state and the Hyogo Prefecture will renew their relationship in a joint agreement Monday afternoon. They will then gather to celebrate with food and entertainment that honors both regions.</p> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 18:30:43 +0000 Mike Baker 9661 at http://kplu.org Analyst: Japan a Strong Contender for Boeing 777x Wing http://kplu.org/post/analyst-japan-strong-contender-boeing-777x-wing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State and local leaders have promised Boeing expedited permitting to build its next 777 wide-body jet, as well as the plane’s carbon-fiber wing, in Washington. Still, the Puget Sound region faces competition for wing assembly not only from elsewhere in the U.S., but also from&nbsp;Japan.</span></p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 9316 at http://kplu.org Analyst: Japan a Strong Contender for Boeing 777x Wing Are we heading toward another economic meltdown? http://kplu.org/post/are-we-heading-toward-another-economic-meltdown <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back in 2007, <a href="http://www.stratnews.com/">Strategic News Service</a> publisher Mark Anderson warned </span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> listeners about the dangers of "cheap money" from Japan, which helped fuel the subprime mortgage debacle. Mark advised investors to put more of their money into cash, rather than stocks. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The following year, the bottom fell out of the stock market.</span></p><p>Is history about to repeat itself? Mark believes Japan and other nations are printing too much money again, making conditions ripe for another meltdown.</p><p>With Mark's permission, we're reprinting a special alert he recently sent to SNS subscribers on April 12:</p><p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:49:23 +0000 Dave Meyer & Mark Anderson 8613 at http://kplu.org Are we heading toward another economic meltdown? Boeing's 787 woes highlight deep ties to Japan http://kplu.org/post/boeings-787-woes-highlight-deep-ties-japan <p></p><p>The grounding of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has been a big blow to Japan – both its airlines and its aerospace industry. It’s a reflection of the strong ties between Boeing and Japan.</p><p>Japanese airlines have been very loyal to Boeing for decades. They have almost half of the 787 Dreamliners delivered so far. All Nippon Airways was the launch customer.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:26:58 +0000 Ashley Gross 7654 at http://kplu.org Boeing's 787 woes highlight deep ties to Japan Sockeye salmon in Canada to be tested for radiation from Japan http://kplu.org/post/sockeye-salmon-canada-be-tested-radiation-japan <p>Sockeye salmon returning to Canada this year will be tested by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for radiation contamination that might be picked up in the North Pacific from Japan&#39;s Fukushima nuclear disaster.</p><p>However, Washington state officials have no plans to test salmon specifically for radiation related to the Japanese disaster because earlier environmental testing showed so few signs of radiation that current levels in fish, if any, would be &quot;undetectable,&quot; a spokesperson for the Department of Health said.</p><p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 20:00:02 +0000 Robin Cedar & Jake Ellison 2463 at http://kplu.org Sockeye salmon in Canada to be tested for radiation from Japan Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival strives for balance of celebration and solace http://kplu.org/post/seattle-cherry-blossom-festival-strives-balance-celebration-and-solace <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-960936.mp3</p><p>The Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival starts today. This year, the annual event isn&rsquo;t just a celebration of spring. Organizers say it&rsquo;s also an <a href="http://www.seattlecenter.com/events/festivals/festal/detail.asp?ev_eventnum=4">opportunity to work through feelings about the devastating earthquake and tsunami</a> in Japan last month.</p><p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 15:00:00 +0000 Charla Bear 1120 at http://kplu.org Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival strives for balance of celebration and solace