Japan’s New Democratic kancho Party

In yet another political reorganization, Japan’s “New Democratic Party”—formerly known as the Democratic Party Japan (DPJ)—has a new logo celebrating the grand Japanese tradition of kancho.New~Kancho-Democratic-PartykanchoThat is, Kancho (カンチョー) is a Japanese prank performed by clasping the hands together in the shape of an imaginary gun and attempting to poke an unsuspecting person in the butt*.

Japan’s Democratic Party reveals new logo to cries of plagiarism and indecency
The Japan Times | 2016-May-19
The new logo features the letter M, the initial of the party’s Japanese name, Minshinto, in a way that resembles two people — one in blue and the other in red — standing arm in arm…After the logo chosen Thursday advanced to a shortlist of four candidates earlier this month, many people online noted a striking resemblance to that of Mie Prefecture-based confectionery company Imuraya Co…new_democratic-party
…The online controversy, however, didn’t end there. Some joked that the logo looks as though a man in blue is groping the posterior of a woman in red.
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10 thoughts on “Japan’s New Democratic kancho Party”

  1. The idea of a Japanese plagiarising a logo is utterly unthinkable (but I could imagine them kanchoing or groping).

  2. And here’s another internet classic from the Japanese company, Kudawara Pharmacy.
    Kudawara Pharmacy

    Kudawara Pharmacy

  3. Now many Japanese people are joking that the new logo looks like “pepee” brand sex lube/lotion”…
    sex-lube

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