Late last May, two members of the megapopular idol group “AKB48″ had to be hospitalized after they were attacked by a crazed fan wielding with a saw during the group’s meet ’n' greet. Since then there has been much angst about how to safely hold akushukai / “handshaking” events.
Many ideas have been suggested (3Yen / 2014-05-26 ), but the following was the most “Japanese” solution.
Translation: This new video conference system that can shake hands was created by a research group of the University of Osaka. The system allows you to remotely shake hands with a distant person by tele-connecting them using a robot pseudo-hand during an online conversation.
Here’s an African expat who has found a lucrative job in Tokyo’s labor-starved* construction industry!
Translation: Giraffe-darling heavy equipment found ♪ (@tang40 Jul 22 キリンさん重機発見♪ )
*Tokyo is starting to suffer from severe labor shortages in the construction industry because everyone is over 60 years old. The upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics may fall apart because there is nobody young enough to build the new sports venues. Refer to:
Japanese firms near crisis point as labor shortage deepens
The Japan Times | 2014/07/11
Get a Godzilla stuffed!…For just a little more than $500 you can own a Steiff©, limited-edition Teddy Godzilla.
Germany’s High-End Teddy Bear Maker Tackles Godzilla
Japan Real Time – Wall Street Journal | July 28, 2014
Germany-based teddy bear maker Margarete Steiff GmbH began taking orders for a limited edition of stuffed Godzilla dolls to celebrate the 60th year …the stuffed doll still carries a hefty price tag of 51,300 yen ($503 USD)...more...
Steiff’s Japan website, advises that families with children should keep the doll under adult supervision… made of mohair fabric. Fangs will be made of felt cloth.
The new Goji-chan (aka Godzilla | 3Yen / 2014-02-25) is having his way with poor Nana-chan* the emblematic mannequin of Nagoya Station.
Other 3Yen reports of sekuhara/sexual harassment and abuse of mannequins in Japan include:
With Japan’s continued ban of dancing in clubs (3Yen 2014-07-12), Japan’s Jaxx Industries presents a twerking robot, the TW3RK-BOT, that never-says-never to dance.
The quickest way to insult a Japanese is to say they’re Korean and vice versa. The two groups despise each other. So, you can imagine how horrified the the Japanese reporter in this news segment was to find K-pop being promoted at the Japanese government sponsored “Cool Japan” Expo in Paris.
Of course, how could the French know the difference between K-poop and J-poop?
The Japan Expoo has Korea content
fnn-news.com | 07 / 24 / 2014 (in Japanese)
Japan Expo was held in France Paris at the beginning of July. The Japan Expo of Japanese culture of Europe’s largest but at some of the venues there was a surprising sight—Some booths at the Japan Expo Hall had "K-pop" products on display …more…
Mr. Mukimuki Mouth Exerciser asks:
Q: How do you show off your muscles?
Football great Ronaldo reacts to the above Japanese TV eccentricities…
Click to play GIF animation.
Some of the other 3Yen reports of wacky Japanese mouth exercisers include:
• Japanese in your face—Sucks and Blows (3Yen / 2014-01-29)
• Whore-ray faceLift Bra™ (3Yen / 2013-10-09)
• Japanese face tune-up (3Yen / 2012-07-07)
• Japanese WTF goods
(3Yen / 2012-02-01) ↘
Doraemon (L) has been Japan’s most beloved character since 1969 (3Yen / 2014-02-14). However, Doraemon has gone turncoat and has announced he will be working for Disney Corporation (Examiner.com), meh.
Unexpectedly satanic Doraemon
at Roppongi Hills
pic.twitter.com/JwNftCxS7F — Dusan Farrington(@quillspatter) July 19, 2014
In case you were wondering what the joke is all about…
The satanic passport is a parody of the Japanese passport (right), and Roppongi Hills has Japan’s highest concentration of foreign firms and whinging* foreign employees.
*For most part, they’re rightfully whinging
employees since Japan has an unenviable
working (& living) situation compared to
the upper-middle class environment that
the foreigners came from (or aspire to).
I am a lover without a lover. I am lovely and lonely and I belong deeply to myself. —Warsan Shire
Ah Japan, you never disappoint.
According to RocketNews24’s report, Man questioned by police after building “girl” out of plastic bottles, taking her out on a date, the “inventor” Showta Mori solved all his forever-alone problems by creating Lisako, his ‘PET bottle lover,’ who he takes on a fun series
of romantic dating: adventures that would have David Lynch scratching his head and saying, ‘Now, that’s just weird.’
Enjoy the real Japan.
Some of the many previous mentions of Japan’s Forever Alone Club on the 3Yen include:
Peko-chan* vs Hello Kitty:
There can BE ONLY one.†
*For more information about Peko-chan, refer to:
Peko-chan perpetually six years old is turning 60—Damn, Japanese ladies look young (3Yen / 2009-08-24) & (Wiki).
†“There can BE ONLY one.” is the motto among the immortals in the Highlander film series (Wiki).