Rakuten, Japan’s biggest electronic commerce and Internet company1 has an ENDLESS [engrish] CHALLENGE™ with their Englishnization2 policy making all its employees conduct business in English.
1Refer to: wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakuten
2Refer to The Japan Times (2015-05-23): Rakuten forges ahead in English
3Refer to: wikipedia.org/wiki/X_Japan
Our previous engrish and Rakuten reports include:
This supposedly is a recruitment poster for the Japan’s Self-Defense Forces who are, ″ Looking for people who can defeat Godzilla.″
I figured the above poster was just a Photoshop—But nope, it’s real. So, I helped Goji-chan make something more over-the-top.
A few of our many previous reports of Godzilla include:
A few of our many previous reports about posters for transport manners in Japan (the above poster is from a Osaka cab)
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.
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For more fun with Japanese-engrish, check out:
Previous pachyderm posts include:
(Goofy Google Translate of Wiki): Kenmin Foods Co., Ltd. of Kobe is a rice noodle manufacturer that is best known for its “Welcome to the Kenmin Kingdom” ad campaign. Kenmin’s ads are known for their eerie content and surreal product image.
Previous posts of Japan’s fun ads for very bent noodles include:
Everything in Japan needs a special mascot, even angry poles.
Previous dubious yuru-chara//"loose character" mascots featured here include:
The Tokyo Metro Manners poster is all wet this month.
With much derp, the Tokyo Metro seems to want us to “drop” our umbrellas during Japan’s rain season (rather than taking care that our umbrellas don’t drip on others).
The strange part of this Metro poster’s engrish mistake is that the Tokyo Metro has a complete staff of interpreters who work at the subway’s information desks. However, somehow all the people in the PR department who make the posters forgot to have someone check the poster’s English, sheesh.
Previous drippy reports of the rainy season in Japan 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: