Markets in everything, the riches of Japan once again

by on July 30, 2008 at 7:17 am in Economics | Permalink

So much for fixed costs, this time it’s weird drinks.  How about "Bilk": 70 percent beer, 30 percent milk?  That’s only the beginning.  There’s a cheese drink, desalinated seawater (hey, isn’t that expensive?), placenta drink (made from swine placenta) and eel soda.  And if that’s not enough for you, here is last year’s list.  As I like to say, if you’re not thinking about Japan every day, you’ve yet to wake up.

1 Anonymous July 30, 2008 at 8:36 am

Perceptions of the Japanese economy made the transition from wave of the future during the rah-rah “Japan as Number One” 1980s to cautionary tale during the subsequent long twilight.

Sometimes I wonder if Japanese popular culture is on the same trajectory.

2 Anonymous July 30, 2008 at 8:41 am

Rumor has it that there is a sweat drink (made from pocari sweat). It’s heartbreaking to think of all the pocaris hooked up to treadmills in factory farms.

3 Erich July 30, 2008 at 10:47 am

Pocari Sweat is only the tip of the iceberg:

4 rowdy July 30, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Finally the day of mass marketed placenta products has arrived..

5 Hei Lun Chan July 30, 2008 at 12:26 pm

PS The Japanese elderly porn should totally get its own Markets in Everything, Japanese Edition post from Tyler. And it’s coming stateside!

6 steve July 30, 2008 at 8:14 pm

I agree. I’ve been getting into Kiyoshi Kurosawa movies lately and am totally fascinated. Japan is awesome.

7 Frank July 30, 2008 at 9:59 pm

Hei Lun Chan is absolutely right. Would you like some raspberry sauce on your extra cheese, buffalo wing pizza? A lot of garbage food gets invented;it gets forgotten. Higher food prices will make for better inventions, though I pity the Mexican sharecropper living off maize.

8 Ricardo July 31, 2008 at 12:58 am

Pocari Sweat isn’t even uniquely Japanese anymore. It is available in cities in the Philippines and, from what I understand, in Thailand and China and probably other countries in Asia. It reminds me of water with a small amount of re-hydration salts thrown in.

9 傢俱 December 3, 2008 at 10:08 pm

I like this site, at the dawn of Christmas, like all the sites frequented by friends sent holiday wishes ahead of time, a happy holiday.

10 機票 December 8, 2008 at 10:24 pm


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