Yes that's definitely the reference. Japan is very self conscious about its lack of natural resources.
Since Fukushima shut down a lot of the nuclear plants Japan has had to import a ton of oil for power generation, and the only real deposits it had was some iron in the mountains, but that was pretty much exhausted during the meiji era.
I do recall that there's plenty of Uranium here, though. So we have that going for us.
The heck are you doing Ranta? HoHoHoying and spitting on people's food. Ewww! 😫
@Rozmdan The fact that he's aware of how much of a heel he is helps me sympathize with him a bit. I at least see that he's letting himself be the butt of jokes.
Still, no excuse for spitting on food (they're poor; they can't afford it), threatening to do something awful to Shihoru, and taking the wrong job class because you felt like it.
I'm surprised that I prefer the Ranta chapters. He's a dick but he's so much less wushy washy than the MC that I prefer him as a lead.
I know the main character lacking self confidence is his arc and that's cool, but it's nice to have few breaks from his narrative voice while he gets there.
I liked the SARAI chapter more than I thought, he's so abrasive... the anime paint him more like a stuck up snob, but it's really more complicated than that, he's so prideful and hotblooded...
Also, the doujin part was very funny, that's an book only scene btw, in the anime it's shorter and not that funny because, plot, in the book it's was longer and funnier.
I'm... going to miss all of this next week.