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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

Tokyo–Construction jobs for all, even wild Africans!

Here’s an African expat who has found a lucrative job in Tokyo’s labor-starved* construction industry!

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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

The Japan Times | 2014/07/11
labour-shortage
Continues…


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7/23/2014

Forever Alone Club, Japan

quoter leftI am a lover without a lover. I am lovely and lonely and I belong deeply to myself.quoter right Warsan Shire

Ah Japan, you never disappoint.

forever-alone-club japan

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: quoter leftadventures that would have David Lynch scratching his head and saying, ‘Now, that’s just weird.’quoter right

Enjoy the real Japan.


Some of the many previous mentions of Japan’s Forever Alone Club on the 3Yen include:


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7/16/2014

Tokyo’s street ‘Fight Club’

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.

Exciting real street fight show at dangerous town, Kabukicho
japculture.com | 2014/07/15

Time is one minutes.
Challenger must pay JPY1000- in advance.
Challenger can only punch. No kick.
But Mr. Matsukawa never punches back
kabukicho-fight-club..

More…

Also see the 3Yen’s previous posts of Masa of Masamania.com including:

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7/15/2014

Sleepwalking through life in Japan

keitai schoolgirl vlc

  
 
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.
 

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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 tokyo metro
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.
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7/8/2014

Japan: 1st become poop-head. 2nd, get flushed.

Learning early about corporate Japan:
   • First, you must become a poop-head.
   • Second, you get flushed.

little-poop-heads
poo-heads-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, said-openeveryday life through the toilet.said-closed

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).
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A few of the previous poop posts include:


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7/6/2014

Keitai Zombies of Tokyo

VLC-logo“Keitai” is cellphone in Japanese, and “Zombie” is just a typical Tokyoite.


VLC schoolgirl keitai mobile dumbwalking
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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.

evil-Keitai-Zombies

Simulation shows the chaotic consequences of walking in Shibuya while staring at your phone
RocketNews24 | 2014/04/01…


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6/24/2014

Shinola not ‘Shine’

shine-original

Japanese Prime Minister Abe can’t tell "Shine" from "Shinola."
urbandictionary.com/define…Shit from Shinola
shit-from-shinola

Rest-of-the-story…

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6/3/2014

Signage for the ‘invisible’ catching on in Japan

Is this a place for a Japanese firing squad or a parking place?

japanese firing squad

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.

yasiosiyakusyo

Dang, wrong again.
It’s a parking place for gimpy cows!

disabled-cow-parking

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 ailmentmore...


Now I just have to figure out What all these mysterious Japanese car stickers are? (3Yen / 2009-03-01)
Could the “Blue Shamrock” car sticker mean that the Japanese driver is handicapped by too much Irish whiskey? ...details...
Shamrock stickershougai_2..


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5/6/2014

Japanese salaryman is determined to get between the sheets…transparent sheets?

greenhouse vinyl japan
This kinky Japanese salaryman is passionate to get between sheets…the transparent vinyl sheets of greenhouses?

According to TomoNews said-open39-year-old suspect Sakamoto Kazuisasaid 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 greenhousesaid-closed

Obsessed with plastic sheets?
Japanese man arrested for his
fetishism
TomoNews (05/02/2014)

Actually, Japanese predilection to plastic has been covered several times before on the 3Yen before including:

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