The Real Japan™ story on the six o’clock news right now is:
A man died because someone pumped compressed air up his anus. via @nomikamura (2018 July 16)
UPDATE: Man arrested for killing friend by blasting compressed air up rectum
—Workmate dies from dastardly indignity. Could cheeky Japanese childhood practice be behind spate of anal prank deaths?— atimes.com | The Asian Times | July 16, 2018
Our previous reports of Japanese kancho play-with-prejudice include:
(If only he could really fly.)
"Fake news"! The Master could not be hanged…The great lightened Sonshi could FLY!!
*Back in the late 1980s, Shoko Asahara‘s doomsday cult crazies used to dance/sing/recruit at my train station…and then they killed 13 people with a Sarin poison gas attack on the same Tokyo subway I used to take to work.
I’m not a big fan of the death penalty, but good riddance.
Our previous reports of Shoko Asahara and his Aum cult include:
A bot by any other name Is this the end of the line for Asimo, Japan’s famed robot? Agence France-Presse | July 01, 2018 …Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported that the Japanese carmaker had terminated Asimo and dissolved the team making one of the world’s most famous humanoid robots. More…
Of course Honda had to kill ASIMO. He didn’t do anything (except waste mountains of money of Honda).
As I was previously quoted complaining in the press:
Decades of creating fantasy robots, like Asimo, Aibo, Roborior et al, has bankrupted the research and development departments of Japan while not resulting in any viable products. —The Independent (2010-07-17)
Yui on the street in Harajuku wearing a handmade tie dye denim jacket over a "Are We Having Fun Yet" crop top, tie dye denim shorts, painted knee socks, sneakers, a round handbag & colorful accessories #原宿 #Tokyo pic.twitter.com/0bJqedDit1
— Tokyo Fashion (@TokyoFashion) June 12, 2018
Goofy Google Translate of fvj.co.jp/vending
The happy “Two-Down” vending machine that you often see on Tokyo’s street is Wex Corp’s private brand vending machine…with reasonable pricing. We are aggressively offering a “two-down” vending machine that finds new demand and receives wide support.
When I first came to Japan in 1984, the fixed price of drink was 110 yen ($1 USD) for a measly 190 ml (6.4 oz) can. In 1986, the standard-throughout-Japan price went up to 120 yen but over the next few years the normal 350 ml (12 oz) can was introduced. To pay 120 yen, you must use three coins: one 100 yen and two 10 yen coins.
The reason that these 100 yen vending machines are called TWO DOWN is that they only need one 100 yen coin for a drink, which is two coins “down” from the normally required three. The happy Wex-Man character carries a big mallet to “Hammer Down/ハンマーダウン” prices with Wex’s colorfully loud blue and yellow vending machines that, “anticipated the Era (of Japan’s endless deflation since 1992).”