This is the twentieth birthday of the NHK TV character Domo-kun and there’s speculation here in Japan about:
‵‵Whatever happened to Domo-kun, the furry brown monster with the jagged maw?′′
Could Domo-kun at 20 mean 2.0? japantimes.co.jp | 2018/09/13
…Domo-kun has been largely absent from social media. Today’s mascots, on the other hand, use everything at their disposal to win you over… it isn’t so much that Domo-kun has disappeared; it’s more that the mascot field he helped push into popularity has become more crowded. More...
Just a few of our many past stories about Domo-kun include:
Criticism of the Fukushima City art installation of “Sun Child” statue wearing radiation protective suit sankei.com | 2018.8.12 (funky Google Translate)
“Fighting rumor damage of Fukushima nuclear accident”: Amid criticism of the statue installed near JR Fukushima Station, a public apology was issued on the 12th.
Created by the artist, Kenji Yanobe, the “Sun Child” statue is about 6.2 meters high and depicts a child with its protective helmet removed and a chest-mounted radiation dosimeter indicating “000.”
At the statue’s unveiling ceremony held on May 3, Mayor Hiroshi Kibata said, “Contemporary art is abstractly expressed unlike science” and asked for understanding…blah, blah, blah…
More (in Japanese)…
In a way the criticism of the statue by people of Fukushima City is understandable since the level of background radiation in Fukushima City and most Fukushima prefecture is the same as anywhere else in Japan.
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:
The 3Yen’s favorite deity of Japan, Billiken -“The God of Things As They Ought to Be”- has been brutally assaulted and robbed!
“Billiken” statue overturned, its stone face smashed, collection box stolen Yomiuri.co.jp |April 05, 2018
Chiba Prefecture, the “Tone Tower Billiken Statue” (height about 40 cm) on the Tone River…at the Tone Transportation Center discovered that the statue was shoved from its pedestal around 8 pm and that part of the face and the back were damaged. It was also confirmed that the money box was gone…more…