Only 26 miles or so of tunnel, and some beautiful bridges to get the train to Japan. Japanese supplying the train technology. Opening up the oil and gas reserves on the largest island to help pay for it. No wonder the Japanese have pledged one billion to future joint enterprises. Also not continued to press for ownership for the Kuril Islands. They will have great access to them soon.
The Kuril Islands are a strategic defence for all of that neighbourhood. China, Russia and Japan. I must check where the Russians plan to build a huge new Pacific Port. Aka deep water harbour?
The Yuan is pretty depressed at the moment, so not sure how the Chinese can bankroll this as well as the full cost of Hinkley Point. The French EDF would be mad to invest in Hinkley now.
I would consider making a trip on a fabulous new railway to Tokyo. There would be many places I would want to see on the way. Perhaps a dream come true one day. It seems it would only take five to seven years to complete, I assume work has already begun, and it's all surveyed even if nothing has been started yet. I think the plan is to build a road too.
I love technology. Also when people work together instead of making wars.
I wonder what will be done about the Mosul dam though. I know the Italians are trying to keep it stable. It was folly to build it. One of the overflow gates is broken, and the dam could breach with a few more sink holes opening up in the wrong places any time now. I do think people should be moved away from potential danger. Strange how IS turned up there and broke or stole all the repair equipment a while back. Nasty thing to do. Wonder if they mined it as well for a remote detonation.
The wars and strife that will be caused in the next few years will be over water. We have laws here in Jersey that forbid damming up a stream or polluting water. These are ancient laws. Everyone has a right to flowing water. Anyone who is greedy about water, or makes their reservoirs cause desert or change the natural waterways will cause themselves a huge problem.
The weight of the water in that giant resevoir in china has altered the spin of the planet, it is that big. The water is supposed to drain underground, the mass of water under the ground is very important to the planet. The weight of that water mass will cause all sorts of problems. Earth is busy trying to put on more ice in Antarctica to compensate. That's why the edges are melting off, and causing cold currents and fresh water under the Atlantic.
We have to get much better at renewable energies. I am sure sure that power grids when shared by different countries can become more efficient. We just have to work together. The Middle East is a potential powerhouse for renewables.