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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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7/29/2014

GET STUFFED Godzilla!

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...
stuffed gozilla

Steiff’s Japan website, said-openadvises that families with children should keep the doll under adult supervision made of mohair fabric. Fangs will be made of felt cloth.said-closed
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7/27/2014

‘Sekuhara’ (sexual harassment) gets big in Japan

The new Goji-chan (aka Godzilla | 3Yen / 2014-02-25) is having his way with poor Nana-chan* the emblematic mannequin of Nagoya Station.

nagyoya-godzilla2

Other 3Yen reports of sekuhara/sexual harassment and abuse of mannequins in Japan include:


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7/25/2014

Dance for Those Who Can’t Dance – Jaxx TW3RK-BOT Japan

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.

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Posted by Taro in General, Pop Culture | 6 Comments »

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7/24/2014

Oh the Horror! The ‘Cool Japan’ Expo in Paris is full of K-pop!

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?

left_long quotebar 24x260pxThe 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…

K-pop at Japan-Expo Paris


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7/14/2014

Gigantor spotted in Tokyo’s version of Beverly Hills

Today I spotted Gigantor aka Tetsujin 28-go lurking in my neighborhood in Tokyo’s tony Denenchofu (Wiki) district as shown on right side of the photo below.

SEPARATED AT BIRTH?

Embiggen
gigantor-vs-house..
Idea via.

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Previous Gigantor reports on the 3Yen include:


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7/12/2014

Japan prepares with the ‘Gundam gRobal challenge’

real-g-project

For the past few days, the newswires have been in a tither about Japan’s “REAL G Next Project“—Japan’s plans build a real moving GUNDAN by the year 2019.
    • StraitsTimes.com.
    • rocketnews24.com
The moving GUNDAM will be ready just in time to protect against the foreign hoards coming for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

left_long quotebar 24x260pxGUNDAM GLOBAL CHALLENGE
gundam-challenge.com
Press Release of July 8, 2014
Take up the challenge of the ultimate dream and make the full-scale GUNDAM move
moving gundam by 2019 description
More….
gundam-logo..

You can just just bet that China and Best Korea are shaking in their boots about this “real” GUNDAM, ha, ha.


Some of the many previous GUNDAM reports here on the 3Yen include:


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7/4/2014

Syrian Islamic forces total command is taking orders from Hello Kitty!

The “Syrian Islamic forces total command” aka the Jihadist rebels fighting in the Syrian War have quite a charismatic leader—Hello Kitty.
According to the report in The Independent , Zahran Alloush, the head of Jaysh al-Islam Jihadist rebels, may be a huge fan of Generalissimo H. Kitty or he just stole the Kitty notepad from charity packages or from aid convoys sent to Syria.

little-kitty-conference.jpg


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6/23/2014

JAPANESE BIO-TERROR ALERT: Ramen Fries

Keizo Shimamoto, the promoter/star of the short horror film Ramen Dreams and his toxic Ramen Burger, his come up with a great way to rid the “Brooklyn Flea (market)” of its hipster infestation.
He’s serving up “Ramen Fries” to go with his stomach cancer causing* Ramen Burger.

ALERT: The Ramen Fries Are Coming
Foodbeast 2014/06/21
Keizo Shimamoto, creator of the famous Ramen Burger has created the only side dish worthy of being paired with his game changing burger, Ramen Fries. No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, those are straight up wedges of deep fried ramen noodles topped with what looks like a secret sauce of some kind
ramen-fries-fright

*Japan is always in a battle with Korea for the highest rate of stomach cancer in the world (3Yen / 2005-06-24) due in large part because the Japanese suck down so much hot, hyper-salty, MSG-laden, transfat-filled, greasy ramen.

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A few of the many previous 3Yen reports of Japanese burger bio-terror include:


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6/14/2014

Almost sumo

Nearly as cute as sumo, these cartoon wrestlers…
almost-sumo_little..
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