JT | 2016Aug13: The Democratic Party is considering selecting its official yuru-kyara (mascot character) in September to coincide with the party’s leadership election, informed sources said. Aiming to give a boost to the main opposition party’s presidential poll, the party plans to hold a public online vote to pick the successor to Minshu-kun, the official mascot of the Democratic Party of Japan…more...
After more than seven years of faithful employment, the Democratic Party’s mascot “Minshu-kun” (民主くん) has been given abrupt notice of termination in September, However, Minshu-kun may have found alternative employment opportunities with TENGA Co., Ltd. as you can see below,
A few of our many previous Tenga reports include:
As I said in last weeks’s post about the contest for Tokyo’s governor (3Yen / 2016-07-20), Japanese election campaign posters are rather boring with a bunch of old farts who slap their picture with just their name, political party affiliation, and a lame slogan like these. →
You will be surprised to see in the middle of all these big posters is a yellow, palm-sized sticker for “NHK BUSTERS”—the anti-public TV broadcaster party.
Q: So, why is there even a need for “The Party to Protect the Public from NHK”? There’s no such thing a Party to Protect the Public from the BBC or PBS, is there?
A: NHK bill collectors are door-to-door visits extortionists* who unfairly collect (30 to 50% people don’t pay) exorbitant fees for increasingly biased political propaganda since the political appointment of Katsuto Momii, the loonier-than-Trump new Director-General of NHK.
Get the magic anti-NHK seal to stop the door-to-door visits of NHK bill collectors—The NHK Busters seal is now shipping from The Party to Protect the Public from NHK. http://nhkkara.jp
Learn more about the NHK BUSTER, Takashi Tachibana at: wikipedia.org/wiki/Takashi_Tachibana_(activist)
Our previous posts on Japanese election politics and NHK include:
Usually, Japanese election campaign posters such as those for upcoming Tokyo gubernatorial contest are very boring Like these. ↓
Occasionally, you can see a weirdo like this
Vote for GOT OTER UKI poster.
Actually, GOT OTER UKI is just a strange romanization of Goto Teruki’s name on his “creative” 2013 campaign poster. (3yen.com | 2015-04-21)
His poster for this year’s Tokyo gubernatorial race is much more serious.↓
Goto Teruki’s 2015 campaign poster was even more right-wing crazy and nude…
(3yen.com | 2015-04-21)
The really crazy thing is that I support many of the ideas of his campaign platform (Google Translate)…
- Abort the 2020 Tokyo Olympics or make it ultra-low cost endeavor.
- Cancel the Tsukiji Fish Market relocation, and review.
- Stop the duplication and waste of Tokyo having two municipal subway systems, the Toei Subway and the Tokyo Metro, which double charge when crossing the two systems.
- Introduce a vehicle exhaust tax to spread the use of eco-cars.
- Rebuild Edo Castle the restore the castle tower.
- Legalize cannabis and revive the hemp industry.
Tomorrow is “Ocean Day,” a Japanese national holiday (3Yen / 2015-07-20). To get you in a holiday mood, here are a few reverent thoughts of Japan’s seaside holy Concrete Tetrapods would be apropos.
A reader’s email commenting about terapods:
>I think there are called dolosse.
Wow. You learn something every day.
South Africa claims concrete tetrapods were invented in 1963 for use in Cape Town, and that the Afrikaans word for tetrapod is dolosse.
However according to The Japan Times, in 1950, the Laboratoire Dauphinois d’Hydraulique in Grenoble, France first made them for erosion control.
Looking around at the history of of concrete, basically, nobody invented them–they spontaneously appeared from outer space in the early 1950s around the same time as the UFO sightings, ha, ha.
To quote Alex Kerr author of “Dogs and Demons: Tales from the Dark Side of Japan” (Hill and Wang, 2001):
These projects are mostly unnecessary or worse than unnecessary. It turns out that wave action on tetrapods wears the sand away faster and causes greater erosion than would be the case if the beaches had been left alone.
Surfers and naturalists (and anybody sane) hate the tetrapods because over time they erode away all sand on beaches and destroy the beach habitat creating a concrete dead zone, arrrg.
Our previous reports of Ocean-cum-Marine Day/Umi no Hi include:
Besides supporting odd-eye kitty heterochromia,
this candidate Satoshi Shima is for “Smart Cities”, “IT revolution”, and other pro-business blah-blah.
Our previous election reports as well as odd campaign posters and signage include:
After a decade of Best Korea trying*, the lil’ Kim finally hit us!
Wreckage likely of North Korea rocket found in western Japan
Kyodo News | 2016/06/18
…metallic wreckage (top) found June 16, 2016, on a beach in Tottori Prefecture, western Japan, and wreckage (bottom) recovered by South Korea after the Feb. 7 launch of a long-range rocket by North Korea.
(Photos via Tottori Prefecture/South Korean Ministry of National Defense)
While I was on vacation in Tohoku in north of Japan back in August 1998, “Best Korea” shot a missile that passed overhead and missed landing in Japan by only 150km.
I know, I know: Cool story bro.
Previous reports of Best Korea’s “Dong” missiles include:
The government’s Cool Japan* program has taken a new odd twist with the land of of the Kyoto Protocol† is now making a big push to become Coal Japan.
…Coal is the new cool, because it’s a little known fact that unlike its G7 partners, Japan is in the process of building 49 new coal-fired power stations — whilst also being by far and away the largest financial backer of coal infrastructure in the region. From 2007 to 2014, Japan provided over US$20 billion in coal financing abroad…
…Japan is the odd one out as only country in the G7 building new coal-fired power stations, despite promising the rest of the world to do the opposite…
Huffingtonpost.com | 2016-May-23:
Cool Japan or Coal Japan?
Read more of Mr. Happy Coal’s polemics at: coaljapan.org
Our previous reports the Cool Japan‘s GNP—Gross National Propaganda‡ program include:
*Cool Japan (クールジャパン), along with “Gross National Cool” are propaganda concepts coined in 2002 as an expression of Japan hyping its status as a cultural superpower. First gaining broad exposure in the media and academia, the government of Japan adopted the national brand of “Cool Japan” to exploit the commercial capital of the country’s culture-vulture industry. It has been described as a form of soft power, “the ability to indirectly influence behavior or interests through cultural or ideological means.”
Japan has become infamous for rejecting refugees.
The new plan is accept "30 Syrian students" per yer, which added to last year’s acceptance rate of 27 refugees equals a GRAND total of 57 refugees per year—A massive double the number of refuges!
Japan to take in 150 Syrians as exchange students after criticism of harsh refugee policy
japantimes.co.jp | 2016/05/20
…Every year, 30 Syrian students who are either in Syria or who have fled to other countries will be selected to attend Japanese universities in the five-year period. Japan will receive them students through the government-sponsored exchange program and a program of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the nation’s aid agency…
—In 2015, Japan rejected 99 per cent of asylum applications, accepting only 27 refugees—
When you figure that many Japanese universities are running at half capacity because of Japan’s negative population growth, accepting more refugee foreign students on academic scholarship might be a good way of killing two birds with one stone.
That Japan could solve two problems at once.
1) Filling Japan’s half empty universities, and
2) Increasing the educated and fertile population base.→
Our previous reports on refugees and immigration include:
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.That 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…
…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.
*Our previous Kancho (カンチョー) reports include:
US Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy (Wiki), learns the realities of her true mission here…
Caroline Kennedy presented with a whip at this year's Tokyo Rainbow Pride.
— May 8, 2016
Our previous ambassadorial reports include: