The dread Kancho—ass-poking prank (explained) of Japanese schoolkids—seems to have filtered its way up to higher education as witnessed by the following following photo taken at the Future Robot Center of the Chiba Institute of Technology just outside of Tokyo.
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Gh ETToY IMAGES DayLifedotcom — September 18, 2010
…Chiba Institute of Technology, Future Robot Center, unveils a proto-type model of a large humanoid robot 'Core', which can carry over 100kg weight at demonstration at the college's laboratory in suburban Tokyo… The 190cm-tall, 230kg two-leg robot, equipped with 12 powerful actuators with shock absorbers, was developped to carry elderly or disabled people.
Japan has a real hard-on for nursing care robots since its aging population is the just about the oldest in the world and it also has the lowest birthrate which together has already created huge shortages of heath care workers. Sadly, most of the famous Japanese robots like ASIMO cannot even lift a patient’s tray of food let alone an entire patient. The robot is on the right track, by tying to boost its strength—anthough this power-lifting robots look worrying such as the bot featured in, Stroke my soft machine (3Yen | 2006-03-01) shown on the left.
The Kancho () is a prank often played in Japan; it is performed by clasping the hands together so the index fingers are pointing out and attempting to insert them sharply into someone's anal region when the victim is not looking. Similar to the wedgie or a goosing, the kancho, however, involves physical contact which is quite as intimate or direct. A kancho is often executed simultaneously as the offending party loudly emphasizes the second syllable of “Kan-CHO!”. More at Wikipedia.org/wiki/Kancho