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.
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.
Translation: Giraffe-darling heavy equipment found ♪ (@tang40 Jul 22 キリンさん重機発見♪ )
*Tokyo is starting to suffer from severe labor shortages in the construction industry because everyone is over 60 years old. The upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics may fall apart because there is nobody young enough to build the new sports venues. Refer to:
Japanese firms near crisis point as labor shortage deepens
I am a lover without a lover. I am lovely and lonely and I belong deeply to myself. —Warsan Shire
Ah Japan, you never disappoint.
According to RocketNews24’s report, Man questioned by police after building “girl” out of plastic bottles, taking her out on a date, the “inventor” Showta Mori solved all his forever-alone problems by creating Lisako, his ‘PET bottle lover,’ who he takes on a fun series
of romantic dating: adventures that would have David Lynch scratching his head and saying, ‘Now, that’s just weird.’
Enjoy the real Japan.
Some of the many previous mentions of Japan’s Forever Alone Club on the 3Yen include:
Friend of the 3Yen, Mr. Masa of Masamania, captured the pix of a “Fight Club” on the streets of Tokyo’s tawdry Kabukicho district—He has created another stellar photo essay in his indubitable engrish.
Enjoy the real Japan.
← 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.
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 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.
Learning early about corporate Japan:
• First, you must become a poop-head.
• Second, you get flushed.
The above photos are from The Asahi News (in Japanese, Bing Translator) showing the current “Poo Wizards” exhibition at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo’s Odaiba district. This toilet and poo-themed event is just in time for summer vacation from school. Also on display in various exhibits about the environment, sewage treatment, and of course, everyday life through the toilet.
For more info about the “Poo Wizards” exhibition, refer to the official website of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (in Japanese, Bing Translator).
Actually, the schoolgirl above using VLC (videolan media player on her mobile phone) is less stupid than most typical Tokyo tossers.
Right now I am preparing for an adventure in Shibuya …with all the stairs and battling the Keitai Zombies (歩きスマホ) (Japanese “smartphone” users wandering aimlessly while texting) knocking into me on crutches, grrr.
Japan PM Abe invites women to "Shine" in new govt blog for working women, doesn't mention sexist heckling.pic.twitter.com/MpJRElfaT2 — Hiroko Tabuchi (@HirokoTabuchi) [NYT reporter's twitter] 2014June24
Is this a place for a Japanese firing squad or a parking place?
No, wait. This has gotta be one of these Japanese roadside memorial (Wiki) for somebody stabbed in the heart by a samurai in this parking lot. ↓
Dang, wrong again.
It’s a parking place for gimpy cows! ↓
Badges for ‘invisible disabilities’ catching on The Japan Times | 2014 June 02
…People with invisible impediments can be those with heart, kidney and liver conditions. Like people with visible physical disabilities or visual and hearing problems, they are eligible for physical disability certificates…
…To enhance public awareness, Shirai’s non-profit Heart Plus organization created a “heart plus” symbol in 2003 to signify an internal ailment…more...
This kinky Japanese salaryman is passionate to get between sheets…the transparent vinyl sheets of greenhouses?
According to TomoNews … 39-year-old suspect Sakamoto Kazuisa…said to the police that he loves to be wrapped by plastic sheeting and that he’s in love with plastic sheets. The suspect has been cutting off pieces of plant plastic sheeting from a Tenri city greenhouse…