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7/29/2014

A fair shake … Japan style

akb48 handshake event

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.

handshake-robot

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.

Mission accomplished! icon_thumbsup


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7/17/2014

‘J-CRAT’ — Japan’s new Geek Police

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The exciting name J-CRAT stands for: ‘Cyber Rescue and Advice Team against targeted attack of Japan’ (Note 4: ipa.go.jp/about/press…).

Watch the always-dorky NHK News report (in Japanese but self-explanatory) about the newest Geek Police of Japan.

Click the view the news video at Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK.
little-j-crat-nhkhttp://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20140716/k10013056881000.html

Posted by Taro in General, Internet, Politics | 6 Comments »

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7/15/2014

Sleepwalking through life in Japan

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As a folllow-up to last week’s report of Smartphone/keitai Zombies of Tokyo (3Yen / 2014-07-06) , check out the following BBC news report on Tokyo’s growing problem with people ‘dumbwalking’ with cellphones.
 

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Japan enters the era of smartphones and ‘dumbwalking’
BBC | July 14, 2014
More than half of all Japanese now own a smartphone and the proportion is rising fast.
But with that rise has grown another phenomenon – the smartphone walk.
It’s that glacial pace people only adopt when they’re staring at a phone screen – their head down, arms outstretched, looking like zombies trying to find human prey
entering the ‘dumbwalking’ era: Will it change Japanese phone etiquette, notably the best in the world?
m0Ar!~

blowing-the-whistle tokyo metro
Blowing-the-whistle on the dumbwalking boar is July’s poster from the Tokyo Metro’s “WATCHING YOU” campaign for better train manners. See this full-sized poster and all the Tokyo Metro’s manners posters at the official website.
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6/14/2014

Almost sumo

Nearly as cute as sumo, these cartoon wrestlers…
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6/3/2014

Just your average Japanese…

Here’s just your average Japanese obsan/housewife with a cosplay “hobby”…

average japanese housewife
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ミドOMI(腐) pic.twitter.com/QNY4csNeKi –OMI と 化郎 (@OMI_KERO)’s twitter June 2, 2014


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6/1/2014

Tokyo: hot ‘n’ DEADLY

Thanks the coal-burning, toxin-spewing China, Tokyo is now DEADLY as well as waaaay to hot —Today’s high will be 34 degrees C (93.2℉).

—Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI): aqicn.org/city/japan…

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The weird thing is:
white space is good for the soul•When I visited Tokyo as young boy for the 1964 Olympics, the air quality was about as bad as Los Angeles at the time.
•Later, when I shipwrecked on the shores of mid-1980s “Bubble Japan*” I was pleasantly surprised to find Tokyo air quality to be superior to many US cities like LA, Chicago, Denver, etc.
•Now, Tokyo has returned a being a toxic‘n’hot hellhole thanks to China, grrr.


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4/25/2014

Peach Butts Jelly Shake Balloon mobile-game… from Japan of course

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More screenshots in our Comments section

DeNA’s latest mobile puzzle game is a real peach!
THE BRIDGE | 2014.4.24
Japan’s DeNA launched a very unusual mobile game today. The title is really hard to translate,[1], but suffice to say that it includes ‘Peach butts’, reflecting the fun, rotund characters featured in this title.
More…

Yes, this mobile game’s name really is peach butt game japanese namePeach butts jelly shake balloon as you can see in the game’s Youtube trailer below. Oh and sorry butt this free keitai game is only available in Japanese from the Japanese iOS and Android stores.


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4/10/2014

Raman Burgers, Sushi Nails & ‘Baby-car’ Exercise

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quoter leftNew—plus York—equals New York!quoter right according to this boombox/turntable head (L) touting Japan’s new version of glacéau vitaminwater®, which supposedly is the New York inventor’s mangling remix of the French words “glace” (ice) and “eau” (water).

Slate’s "Culture" blog | April 9, 2014
Das Racist’s Heems Made a Japanese Commercial for Vitamin Water, and It’s Hilarious(?)
since Brooklyn-based rap group Das Racist called it quits in 2012, founding member Himanshu "Heems" Suri has …managed to find the time to collaborate with Vitamin Water on what’s been dubbed the “New York remix” of a commercial airing in Japan…more…


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It’s kids and workout. It’s Baby-car(sic) exercise. —Heams

Baby-car_Exercise—Youtube

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For more about Japanese-engrish baby-cars, check out our previous posts:
   • Ultraman ‘baby car’ …from Japan of course (3Yen / 2011-09-01)
   • Single-seat cars for Japanese babies (3Yen / 2005-02-08)


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3/30/2014

(#^_^#) + <3 = (>.< )°

quoter leftThe English language cannot fully capture the depth
and complexityquoter right of Gina’s advanced otaku mind and
therefore she speaks in Emoji on the ‘Brooklyn
Nine-Nine’ show. (>.< )°

Gina & the emojis —Brooklyn Nine-Nine — (S01 E22)

speaking emoji (# ^_^# ) + <3 = (/>.< )
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   • Emoji are Japanese Smileys or Japanese Text Emoticons for otaku.
     Refer to: wikipedia.org/wiki/Emoji

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3/27/2014

Go, go, GMO girl!

 
said-openI can’t help but think of Genetically Modified Organism when I see these posters every morning.said-closed

GMO-girl
pic.twitter.com/OBfzwOrE4kJapanBlogList (@JapanBlogList) March 26, 2014

gmo for everyone

  

Despite what it looks like in these posters, Yuka Nakayama (中山由香) is not advertising genetically modified foods—She’s a genetically‑modified “campaign girl (girl model featured in an advertising campaign)” for a online foreign exchange brokerage, GMO CLICK Securities—”GMO” stands for Global Media Online.

Supposedly, GMO CLICK is Number 1 in the user-friendliness of their trading tools for FX beginners, but their TV commercials stress the value of Yuka Nakayama as GMO’s zombie fighting, go-go girl. (Note the transexual, gaijin zombie at the 56-second point of the video.)

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See more videos of GMO’s transexual gaijin zombies and islander cannibals too in the COMMENTS section.


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