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Nik Taylor wrote:
> It certainly is possible.  Japanese has quite a few vowel sequences,
> including distinctions between forms like /aa/ and /a:/, altho that is
> not distinguished in kana.  There does, however, seem to be a slight
> glottal constriction between identical vowels.

Out of curiosity, I searched Google for "baai" (written +MNAwojCk-) and
"ba:i" (written +MNAw/DCk-). "Baai" is normally written in kanji (+WDRUCA-), but
Google found 10,900 instances of "baai" in katakana (+MNAwojCk-), and 16,500
instances of "ba:i" (11,200 in the word "baiba:i" +MNAwpDDQMPwwpA-).