As I have reported here on the 3Yen many times, Japan is in the throes of a mascot boom—of Yuru-kyara (), which literally translates as “loose characters.”
Dressed in a Furry costume, we now we have the best “loose character” mascot of all time thanks to the wacky Hamster subgroup of Japan’s largest Net forum, 2-channel (24 June 2013).
According to 2-channel hamsters (Google Translate), “Com-chan” is in the motif of a condom who is the official loose-character mascot of Kanagawa Prefecture.”
Com-chan represents the home prefecture of Yokohama in their anti-AIDS public health campaigns. What could be more fitting than Scumbag-chan representing Japan’s second largest city?
Japan has two competing condom mascots. There is another non-furry one in Sapporo. Read more…