On hunger strike in Japanese confinement since 2009!

← Unfairly imprisoned in Japan since January 2009, Prisoner Gusokumushi № 1 (left)—aka the Giant Isopod—has not eaten anything for four years!

Last year I reported about the plight of this Giant Isopod in: Cthulhu’s poodle refuses to eat in Japanese confinement (3Yen / 2013-02-20).

And, in the past year nothing has changed.
Prisoner Gusokumushi № 1 still refuses to eat. According to reports (Kyodo Press | Jan. 2, 2014) the giant isopod—a crustacean often called the “scavenger of the deep”—imprisoned at Toba Aquarium in Toba, Mie Prefecture has not eaten anything since it last ate a fish in January 2009.
According to the Toba Aquarium’s blog (Google Translate), they are:
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Puzzled why Gusokumushi № 1 has become a hot topic in the media …since it is like an immature male without a “mating needle”


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9 thoughts on “On hunger strike in Japanese confinement since 2009!”

  1. What is the fuck is wrong with these people?! After four years of refusing to eat, why don’t they just return the poor thing to where it belongs?

  2. According to the aquarium, it has not eating anything since it ate fish in January 2009.

    It sneaks out late at night and gorges itself on conbini snacks.

  3. yanpa wrote:
    It sneaks out at night and gorges itself on conbini snacks.

    Sneaking out late to the 7-Eleven conbini for snacks sounds about right for the typical Japanese hikikomori-recluse, but all I can think of is my Breatharian butt-buddy in Boulder, Wiley Brooks*, who went to the University of Colorado with me there while developing his philosophy that the natural, healthy state for people requires only fresh air and sunlight—not food, water or sleep. (゚Д゚;)
    white space is good for the soul

    Sadly, reporters often used to track him to catch him on video late at night leaving a 7-Eleven with a Slurpee, hot dog and Twinkies. Later he invented a perfect explanation he periodically breaks his fasting with a cheeseburger and a cola, explaining that when he’s surrounded by junk culture and junk food, consuming them adds balance.[31]
    On his website, Brooks states that his potential followers must first prepare by combining the junk food diet with the meditative incantation of five magic "fifth-dimensional" words which appear on his website, some of which are words from Kundalini yoga.[32][33] In the "5D Q&A" section of his website Brooks claims that cows are fifth-dimensional (or higher) beings that help mankind achieve fifth-dimensional status by converting three-dimensional food to five-dimensional food (beef).[34] In the "Question and Answer" section of his website, Brooks explains that the "Double Quarter-Pounder with Cheese" meal from McDonald’s possesses a special "base frequency" and that he thus recommends it as occasional food for beginning breatharians.[35] He then goes on to reveal that Diet Coke is "liquid light".

  4. We all live in a greater extent in the Eleventh Dimension.
    What passes for our pathetic “Lives” is bequeathed to without many options.
    In reality, these so-called “Lives” feature tegument possibilityness to exasperate your problems; but, that happens only if you can make an arrangement on purchase inferior tangible demesne.
    You penury to investigation all you penury. Well-nigh to impute a way to make up one’s mind—that can be your alone handicap.

  5. Smoove Baritone Juice Box wrote:
    We all live in a greater extent in the Eleventh Dimension…continues…

    Damn. ╬ಠิ﹏ಠิ All you Comment Spambots are waxing elegant for seemingly no reason. ಠ_ರೃ

  6. Taro 3Yen wrote:
    Comment Spambots …

    Nihilism jokes: Because nothing’s funny.

  7. Cuddly giant isopod toy!
    Boing Boing | 2014/02/12
    There's nothing quite so cuddly as a giant isopod plush toy. It has been encutified to make it even more adorable than the real-life version, with big, round, loving eyes. As the product description notes, these are “passionately loved” by some in Japan and are regarded as “mysterious and cute”more

  8. I know you reported on this before, but I guess it’s finally found its way to Radiolab….

    I Won’t Eat, You Can’t Make Me! (And They Couldn’t)
    Saturday, February 22, 2014 – 08:00 AM
    By Robert Krulwich : Host, Radiolab
    Months went by. Then years. No.1 didn’t eat anything for all of 2010, then for all of 2011, then for all of 2012
    No.1 didn’t eat for all of 2013. That’s five years without a meal. No animal in captivity has refused food for that long, the Japanese press said. This was some kind of record. Why wouldn’t the animal eat? Nobody knew.
    Then, this month, on Valentine’s Day, when Moritaki arrived with a new mackerel and lowered it into the tank, No. 1 stayed totally motionless. Moritaki leaned in, picked up the isopod, and it wasn’t alive. A dissection was performed to see if there was some obvious reason, some blockage — some something — that would explain No. 1’s stubborn behavior and, according to Rocket News, none was found. “The creature,” Rocket News reported, “will be frozen for preservation. Research is underway on the remains of No. 1 to find out why it refused to eat.”
    Maybe it was sick. Maybe it was angry. Maybe it was stubborn. But whatever it was, it managed to say, “No, thank you,” for 1,868 consecutive days. Then it keeled over. An isopod that determined deserves the name “giant.”
    Rest in peace, “No. 1.

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