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It is 3,000km from Narita to Hong Kong. It takes about 4 hours by plane. This is a third of the distance between Narita and Stockholm that I used to fly. For me it was a short trip. I took a nap after the meal and the arrival announce woke me up. From the north top to the south-west end of Japan is 3,000km. On my way back to Japan, very soon after the plane took off from the Hong Kong airport, I assumed my plane ought to be flying over the ocean, but I realized the plane was just over high mountains. I was over Taiwan. And after Taiwan, the plane was already in the Japanese territory. I thought if it were by boat it would take 100 hours. The old days$B!G(B sailing boat would have taken 3 weeks or even longer.
Hong Kong had been a British colony for 99years. Macao had been a Portuguese colony for 500years. From London to Hong Kong, the great-circle route distance is 10,000km. From Lisbon to Macao, by sailing boat, you must sail via the Cape of Good Hope and crossing over the Indian Ocean. The sailing distance is at least 25,000km. From London to Hong Kong is longer. Great Britain had kept, administrated, managed and defended Hong Kong for 99years, very long distance remote control. In the Portugal$B!G(Bs case it had been for 500years. Macao was Europe for Chinese. The historical fact, Sun Yat-sen was a Christian and born in a neighborhood village of Macao, is interesting.
There are different manners when two cultures meet and try to establish economic contact, such as: to trade, to plunder, to exploit and to colonialize. Our modern history is full of examples of manners backed up by violence and armed forces. It impresses me that small countries so very far away could have kept colonies so many years. It must have costed terribly much for those nations. The profit from the colonization must be enormous. The North, the Middle, and the South American Continents, the African Continent, Oceania and India, so many colonies had been existed. It is not old story. The wealth, where did it settled? Those great avenues with magnificent buildings in European metropolises might give you the answer. By the way, do those huge buildings in Tokyo symbolize the satisfied life of diligent Japanese people?