JAPAN IS NUMBER 1!
Move over crack-smoking Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto, the city councilman of the central Japanese city of Inazawa, The Honorable Takuma Sakuragi, is far more ’stimulating’!
Japanese politician Takuma Sakuragi arrested in Guangzhou on drugs charges
16 November, 2013 | Agence France-Presse in Tokyo
A 70-year-old Japanese local politician has been arrested in China on drugs charges in a case that could draw the death penalty, officials said yesterday.
The man, who was detained on October 31 as he was about to fly home from Guangzhou, was found with 3kg of suspected illegal stimulants.....more…
Whether is moe/charming recruiting posters (3Yen 2011-04-13) or In-the-Navy TV commercials (3Yen 2005-12-22), Japan leads the world in the cutest in military recruitment. To prepare for Pacific War of Liberation, Version 2.0, the self-defense forces decided that a beauty contest would be the best way to boost enlistments.
Looking Hot in Uniform: Japan Votes for Its Sexiest Sailors
—Contest is a bid to boost recruitment to the nation’s self-defense forces at a time of rising regional tensions—
TIME.com | 2013/oct/10
Amid aggressive territorial demands from China and growing debate over its pacifist constitution, Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force knows just what it needs: a popularity contest. The JMSDF has launched an online contest to pick the most popular male and female member of the naval service…more…
Sad-sack Japan has been in a deflationary spiral for two “Lost Decade(s)” with no hope in sight. The current administration of Prime Minister Abe has promoted the idea of Abenomics—a massive expansion of public investment to re-inflate Japan’s Zombie Economy.
In one way to boost inflation, the Japanese Defense Ministry brought out their new “MCV”–Maneuver Combat Vehicle (機動戦闘車 kidou-senntou-sha) at Sagamihara just west of Tokyo today as shown in the photo above.
The MCV, 8.45 m in length and weighs 26 tons (which is half the size and weight of the opposition). It can cruise at over 100kph while firing its autoloading 105mm cannon and it also has a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun. Plans are to deploy the MCV in 2016.
Fighting over bird poop covered rocks in the middle of the East China Sea seems to be a favorite entertainment for China and Japan for several years now (3Yen 2012-04-17). The coast guard ships of Japan (and their US proxies), China and sometimes the forgotten stepchild Taiwan have literal pissing matches (3Yen 2007-10-29) over the control the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.
Osprey vs. Bison in the East China Sea
The Diplomat | 2013-Sept-22
… For now this contest for control is confined to shoving matches largely between Chinese and Japanese Coast Guard ships, which take several days to deploy. However, China is now developing the means to project decisive force to these islands in hours, not days. Should China gain the upper hand in this arms race there is a greater chance it will use force to occupy the islands and then set its sights on the strategically more attractive nearby Sakashima island group.
For now, though, the upper hand is held by the United States, which has just completed the initial deployment of 24 U.S. Marine Corps Bell-Boeing MV-22B Osprey…that can take off like a helicopter, and then cruise at about 280 miles per hour…In a full-out surge, the 24 MV-22Bs at the Futenma Base in Okinawa could potentially put about 500 troops or about 140 tons of weapons and material on the Senkakus or the Sakashimas in about one hour…
…China is also accumulating rapid lift assets. The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has taken delivery of the first Ukrainian-built Zubr (”Bison”) [largest-in-the-world] hovercraft.
One of 3Yen’s keen-eyed readers noticed that…
“Hey WTF?! Doesn’t the Chinese-owned ‘Bison’ landing craft look a lot like the Space Battleship Yamato?” (Refer to photo comparison our Comments section.)
Expel the Foreign Barbarians!
Kabukicho, Tokyo’s vibrant “entertainment’ district, the longtime home of Tokyo’s purveyors of sleaze and red-light services is due for yet another cleanup…of evil foreigners. Most of these “foreigners” servicing a completely Japanese clientele have permanent residency (Japanese Green Cards) or were born in Japan and cannot be “cleared out” legally.
Terrorism fears could mean end of Kabukicho in run up to 2020 Olympics
The Tokyo Reporter | 2013/09/18
…the Kabukicho red light district, which is located a few kilometers north of the proposed location for the National Stadium, may just have may be the target of yet another clean up.
“Right now,” says an official from within the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, “Kabukicho is filled with troublemaking Africans and Chinese…the red-light district will be the ideal place in which to harbor terrorists.
“… various unruly foreign groups will need to be cleared out,” says the aforementioned official. “The completion of the plan will coincide with the 2020 Olympic Games.”
“Gaijin go home!”
“Foreigners leave!” banner in Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station (3Yen 2005-06-18)
The only candidate in Japan that would get my vote (if I could vote), is the “Smile Party” candidate, Mac Akasaka, who sadly announced in tears his retirement from running for office in the National Diet.
According to the headlines.yahoo.co.jp (2013 August 2)—goofy Google Translate:
Mac Akasaka retires campaigning! Peace operations declaration of tears!
Headlines Yahoo (Google Translate)
…famous for his “smile therapy”, Mac has run for election again and again over the years…He had stated that before, “retirement I must reach the 50,000 votes”… based on the his recent “success” [defeat] in the general election last month, he declared on a talk show yesterday that, “will not go out electioneering anymore!”
Other reports on the 3Yen of sadsack Japan include:
• Japan’s government staffed by sad dummies (3Yen / 2010-08-27)
• ‘Smile Dance’ campaigning in Tokyo (3Yen / 2009-08-27)
• Salarymen slog ↯ (3Yen / 2008-05-18)
Just make damn sure that Bear-bot is unplugged before the grandkids come over to visit.
Abe Cabinet moving toward promoting Nursing robots for elderly
halojepang.com (Kyodo Press) 12 June 2013
…Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has allocated 2.39 billion yen in the budget for fiscal 2013 to help develop nursing care robots and spread their use. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry chose last month 24 companies that will receive subsidies covering half to two-thirds of the cost of developing what it calls “nursing care robot equipment.”
Sadly, these nursing care robots of the RIKEN Institute have been around forever. RIBA-II, the care-giving Teddy Bear (3Yen.com / 2011-08-03) shown above has been in development for a long time without any the bear-bots going into practical use in nursing homes and hospitals.
The 3Yen first reported years ago about the predecessor of the RIBA, the RI-MAN robot in: Stroke my soft machine↓ (3Yen / 2006-03-01)
Click to play RI-MAN.
RIKEN Institute, Nagoya: Please hold-up that woman.
Couple of the other Bear-bot reports on the 3Yen were:
. . . —Bear-bot that reads your tweets (3Yen.com / 2011-01-26)
. . . —Robo-teddy vs Alzheimer’s (3Yen.com / 2010-10-08 )
Hundreds of Japanese ultra-nationalists held a demonstration that turned in a brawl on a Tokyo street crowded with Sunday shoppers yesterday…
…According to the morning edition of today’s Chunichi Shimbun (goofy Google Translate):
Anti-Korean demo in Tokyo turns into a street brawl leading to eight arrests
On Sunday the 16th, right-wing groups demanding the elimination of Koreans in Japan staged a march through “Korean Town” by Tokyo’s Shin-Okubo Station. These demonstrations have been held every weekend for more than a month. At last Sunday’s demo, about 200 to 300 anti-Korean protesters carried “hate speech” signs emblazoned with slogans like, “Kill the Koreans!” …
…According to the police, at 4:30 pm, about two hundred anti-Korean protesters began to clash intermittently with opposing bystanders numbering about three hundred and fifty persons. Eight people were arrested and about four hundred and fifty people received warnings from the police ...more…
Shown at Kagawa pref. police headquarters … Kinak0 (C) was appointed with her daughters as a special member of the prefectural police’s education team. She worked as a police dog for two years…having previously failed the test for 6 years running.
Back in January 2011 the Japan Times explained the-rest-of-the-story as, …Kinak0 gained popularity for her persistence, despite continually failing due to making mistakes such as falling head-first while trying to jump over obstacles. In her 7th try in Nov.  she finally passed…
—The Japan Times | 2011/01/07:
Doggedness pays off; cops swear in their Lab
Japan deploys Patriot missile interceptors around Tokyo to counter North Korean nuclear threat
–Launchers move to bases, warships move to west coast–
–Moves come before anticipated “test” launch by N. Korea–
News.com.au / April 09, 2013
The-Rest-of-the-Story is that Japan’s Patriot missiles don’t actually work because their radar arrays cannot properly communicate with the launcher systems. However, there’s no reason to fear because Tokyo has True Protection™…
“Akuteibu ni! Mamoru!
Also check out the previous 3Yen report about Hideyoshi Hashiba, owner of Hashiba corporate group, who has made mock ground-to-air guided-missiles in backyard as a “deterrent” against North Korea:
Japanese and Korean fruitcakes (3Yen / 2009-04-03)