Monday, October 19, 2009

You had me at “Haneda will become a hub airport”

Ok, I admit that I have been a bit skeptical and perhaps a bit unfair to prime minister Hatoyama and the DPJ as they assumed reign of Japan from the good 'ol LDP and Taro Aso . However, to my surprise the new government seem to be exercising something that almost seem like common sense in quite a few areas. It is pretty spooky to see how they are pulling the brakes on unnecessary expenses initiated by the previous regime…

One of the greater ideas that has come out of the new government and the transport minister Maehara has been to invest in expanding the Haneda operations to become a Japan hub airport. This would carry with it quite a few benefits and let me just list up the main ones below:

1. The airport is clean and nice looking
2. The airport is accessible from central Tokyo
3. The airport has a good selection of restaurants and shops
4. The airport does not have any stupid image character
5. The airport is better in every way compared to Narita


The only thing I fear is that if these efforts to develop the airport will take place, that one of the first areas where money will be spent will be in developing an extremely stupid image character and point number 4 will not be valid...

7 comments:

sixmats said...

It is amazing how quickly unneeded expenses were found. What would happen if they kept digging?

To embarrassed to ask said...

What game is the image from?!

big bro said...

looks like blue max to me (on the c64)

bigbro said...

But I also read that that JAL is about to go bankrupt, so maybe there is no need for a hub... ?

Mr. Salaryman said...

Sixmats - I'm sure they'll keep digging a bit, I think they've only scraped the surface of the surface yet...

...and yes, Blue Max it is!

aimlesswanderer said...

So much money was spent on concreting Japan's "pristine wilderness" and building highways to Nowhere there must be vast amounts of money that could be sensibly saved. The poor construction companies, they had better start bribing the new guys quick!

With over 50 years of pork barrelling to go through, it will takes decades at least.

Foggia said...

They don't seem to have a mascot, but for some reason the airport is nicknamed "Big bird".

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