It's a regular cd packaged just like a mini lp with liner notes and all; just like it sounds, but no, not hi rez. Although, MOFI is packaging their Ultradisc II 24 KT. Gold CD's that way now.
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Pros: Japanese quality control seems to be a bit tighter. The mini-LP packaging takes up less space. They frequently contain bonus tracks. Usually limited edition releases.
Cons: Only one I see is price. They're expensive even if you purchase direct from Japan plus the shipping cost can be astronomical (especially EMS). The prices charged by US suppliers reflect this. Best bet may be Ebay.