HAPPY″ in Fujisawa just south of Yokohama…

Previous spurious reportsHAPPY″ in Japan on the 3Yen include:


‘Robo-taxis’ are coming to a Japanese beach town


Automatic driving “robot taxi” is coming to a town near you in Japan.
国家戦略特区で自動運転の実験小泉進次郎氏「できるとこからガンガンやる」—Yuri Kageyama on Twitter Oct. 2, 2015


japan-robot-taxiMONOist / 2015-Oct-2 (ç)
Automatic-driving technologies for “taxi robots” are coming to a town near you in Japan. The government has decided on national strategic zones for self-driving taxisThe first zone will in Kanagawa Prefecture just outside Yokohama in the city of Fujisawa. Plans are for passenger tests on about 3km of the main road of the beach district of the Shonan shoreline
in these tests “robot taxis” will drive autonomously but there will be a human driver that can manually override the robot’s system for safety.


Here’s a new article in English with more/better details than goofy Google Translate.
Quartz (2015-Oct-2): Japan is experimenting with driverless, robot taxis


Previous hi-tech taxi reports on the 3Yen include:



When I saw the above photo of the yakuza gangster on the Tokyo Reporter , I could think of only one thing: mukku-kun
MUKKU, the best friend of Gachapin in a popular Japanese children’s program “Hirake! Ponkiki” (3Yen 2009-07-21).



Previous reports the Mysterious Duo on the 3Yen include:


Halloween candy is problematic in Japan

Halloween is the time to mug old people for hiding their trick-or-treat candy. October’s manners poster on the Tokyo Metro
sugar-thievesThe-rest-of-story is that while Halloween has become increasingly popular in Japan (is a perfect excuse for Japanese cosplay), trick-or-treating is extremely rare. No telling what horrors happened to that old man in the poster after he got onto always-remote train station elevator with those sugar-deprived Japanese kids. Just look at the kids’ deviously evil smiles.


Previous posters dealing with Tokyo train manners for Halloween include:


Kristmas Kumamon


left_quoter_14x24Kumamon manages to disturb the unveiling of the new plane of the Amakusa Airlines today — Mon ☆ right_quoter_13x24
kumamon-tweet今日は天草エアラインの新しい飛行機のお披露目におじゃましたモン☆ — くまモン【公式】 (@55_kumamon) September 29, 2015

The rest-of-the-story about the Santa suits and the Christmas colors of red and green, is that Amakusa Airlines—Japan’s smallest airline*—has outfitted their planes with plush red leather seating and green accents such as seat-belts. Somewhere along the line in the design process someone quipped that the airplane is in “Christmas colors”—Everyone laughed and the boss said, “Go with it!”
So they put their local mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamon, in a Santa suit and they slapped his image all over the planes as this Youtube video shows.

A few of the many previous 3Yen reports of Kumamon’s flights of fancy include:run kumamon run

‘Fungus Rice Sands’ (only in Japan)

Fungus.Rice.SandsIt’s the little details that make living in Japan so entertaining. In this case “Sands” is an abbreviation of the possessive “Sandwich’s” rather than “Sandwiches,” the plural of all the fun “Fungus Rice” between slices of bread they’re selling.

I’m sure that John Montagu, Fourth Earl Sandwich*, would have approved.


Previous Japanese “Sand” reports on the 3Yen include:


Sushi. Ninja. Toilet. JAPAN!

Sushi. Check.
Ninja. Check.
Toilet. Check.
      Must be JAPAN!


Shibuya flushes away stained reputation of having filthy toilets
Asahi News Sept. 26, 2015
once derided a restroom in the young people’s fashion district of Harajuku as “the world’s dirtiest,” today it has been cleaned up and transformed into the “Sushi Ninja Toilet.”
The once-filthy toilet was “adopted” by Genco Inc., an anime production companyand its Sushi Ninja character is now plastered on the exteriormore


A few of the dozens of 3Yen reports of Japan’s unique″ toilet technology include:


Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force’s new bipedal armored combat robot

little-gsf-robot_ani left_super long-quotebar 24x360Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force has unveiled its new, autonomous, bipedal walking-type armored combat robot that has been under development for some time.
The unveiling took place at the High Technical School (HTS) of Camp Takeyama. The grabbing the interest of students and for recruiting future candidates for Japan Self-Defense Forces was assured by the use of high-fashion camouflage patterns.
—goofy Google Translate

4_shot_gsf-robot武山駐屯地高等工科学校にて、陸上自衛隊が開発中の二足歩行式装甲戦闘車両がお披露目された。 子供達の心をがっしり鷲掴みで、自衛隊志願希望者も確保した模様. — イチロー・D・羽田@宿毛湾泊地 (@RJTT_HND_Tokyo) September 27, 2015


A few of the many other reports about J-bots on the 3Yen include:


Heil mein Führer Abe!

defaced-abeTokyo cops arrest man for adding Hitler moustaches to Abe posters
Tokyo Reporter | 2015-Sep-27
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday announced the arrest of a 71-year-old manTakeshi Muto is alleged to have used an oil-based pen to draw a narrow moustache, very similar to that made famous by Adolf Hitler, on an image of Abe appearing on a poster hanging on a fence inside a parking lot inMachida City


The elderly vandal admitted to police his guilt saying that, in considering the current government, it was unavoidable.″
The rest-of-the-story is that Japan’s current Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has undemocratically rammed through changes to the Japanese Constitution in the past weeks and supports “revisionist” histories of WWII in school textbooks and the press (the Japanese equivalent of Holocaust denying).


Previous 3Yen reports about the already conservative Japan’s shift to right-wing extremism on the include: