Now that I'm back my friends are asking me about Japan. The social milieu is the same as the U.S today and in the 1950s... macaroni and cheese. Nesting with comfort food with a home media center. (Aerial photo of S.F. Bay)
The military story is quite different. Thanks to an aggressive China and her puppet state (N. Korea) Japan is on a straight-line path to becoming a modern military power. Japan and Taiwan are already allies. They will become mighty military allies in less than a decade.