When I saw the above photo of the yakuza gangster on the Tokyo Reporter , I could think of only one thing: mukku-kun
MUKKU, the best friend of Gachapin in a popular Japanese children’s program “Hirake! Ponkiki” (3Yen 2009-07-21).



Previous reports the Mysterious Duo on the 3Yen include:


Halloween candy is problematic in Japan

Halloween is the time to mug old people for hiding their trick-or-treat candy. October’s manners poster on the Tokyo Metro
sugar-thievesThe-rest-of-story is that while Halloween has become increasingly popular in Japan (is a perfect excuse for Japanese cosplay), trick-or-treating is extremely rare. No telling what horrors happened to that old man in the poster after he got onto always-remote train station elevator with those sugar-deprived Japanese kids. Just look at the kids’ deviously evil smiles.


Previous posters dealing with Tokyo train manners for Halloween include:


Kristmas Kumamon


left_quoter_14x24Kumamon manages to disturb the unveiling of the new plane of the Amakusa Airlines today — Mon ☆ right_quoter_13x24
kumamon-tweet今日は天草エアラインの新しい飛行機のお披露目におじゃましたモン☆ — くまモン【公式】 (@55_kumamon) September 29, 2015

The rest-of-the-story about the Santa suits and the Christmas colors of red and green, is that Amakusa Airlines—Japan’s smallest airline*—has outfitted their planes with plush red leather seating and green accents such as seat-belts. Somewhere along the line in the design process someone quipped that the airplane is in “Christmas colors”—Everyone laughed and the boss said, “Go with it!”
So they put their local mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamon, in a Santa suit and they slapped his image all over the planes as this Youtube video shows.

A few of the many previous 3Yen reports of Kumamon’s flights of fancy include:run kumamon run

‘Fungus Rice Sands’ (only in Japan)

Fungus.Rice.SandsIt’s the little details that make living in Japan so entertaining. In this case “Sands” is an abbreviation of the possessive “Sandwich’s” rather than “Sandwiches,” the plural of all the fun “Fungus Rice” between slices of bread they’re selling.

I’m sure that John Montagu, Fourth Earl Sandwich*, would have approved.


Previous Japanese “Sand” reports on the 3Yen include:


Sushi. Ninja. Toilet. JAPAN!

Sushi. Check.
Ninja. Check.
Toilet. Check.
      Must be JAPAN!


Shibuya flushes away stained reputation of having filthy toilets
Asahi News Sept. 26, 2015
once derided a restroom in the young people’s fashion district of Harajuku as “the world’s dirtiest,” today it has been cleaned up and transformed into the “Sushi Ninja Toilet.”
The once-filthy toilet was “adopted” by Genco Inc., an anime production companyand its Sushi Ninja character is now plastered on the exteriormore


A few of the dozens of 3Yen reports of Japan’s unique″ toilet technology include:


Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force’s new bipedal armored combat robot

little-gsf-robot_ani left_super long-quotebar 24x360Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force has unveiled its new, autonomous, bipedal walking-type armored combat robot that has been under development for some time.
The unveiling took place at the High Technical School (HTS) of Camp Takeyama. The grabbing the interest of students and for recruiting future candidates for Japan Self-Defense Forces was assured by the use of high-fashion camouflage patterns.
—goofy Google Translate

4_shot_gsf-robot武山駐屯地高等工科学校にて、陸上自衛隊が開発中の二足歩行式装甲戦闘車両がお披露目された。 子供達の心をがっしり鷲掴みで、自衛隊志願希望者も確保した模様. — イチロー・D・羽田@宿毛湾泊地 (@RJTT_HND_Tokyo) September 27, 2015


A few of the many other reports about J-bots on the 3Yen include:


Heil mein Führer Abe!

defaced-abeTokyo cops arrest man for adding Hitler moustaches to Abe posters
Tokyo Reporter | 2015-Sep-27
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday announced the arrest of a 71-year-old manTakeshi Muto is alleged to have used an oil-based pen to draw a narrow moustache, very similar to that made famous by Adolf Hitler, on an image of Abe appearing on a poster hanging on a fence inside a parking lot inMachida City


The elderly vandal admitted to police his guilt saying that, in considering the current government, it was unavoidable.″
The rest-of-the-story is that Japan’s current Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has undemocratically rammed through changes to the Japanese Constitution in the past weeks and supports “revisionist” histories of WWII in school textbooks and the press (the Japanese equivalent of Holocaust denying).


Previous 3Yen reports about the already conservative Japan’s shift to right-wing extremism on the include:


Toyochy triptych interment?

toyocky kime mascot
Remember Toyochy, Toyohashi City’s mascot—a fabulous fembot with bodacious bubble butt*?

When a Toyochy dies, a Toyohashi trash truck quickly has to haul off the old bot to the scrapyard. The city must replace the robot swiftly since its body fades from smoothly-rounded red contours to an ugly lumpy and peeling gray-pink exterior.

–Triptych of Toyochy’s interment–
the robot’s lugubrious last rites
toyocky triptych funeral


Toyochy and other Japanese mega-dorky mascots previously covered on the 3Yen include:


Softbank Japan’s contractual obligations for ROBO-SEX

Since Softbank “Pepper” robot costs* 198,000 yen ($1,654 USD) to purchase and then the owner has to then pay another 24,600 yen ($206 USD) per month for the service contract, the bitchin’ bot better do a lot more than just, “shaking its hips and moan.”


No sex please, we’re robots!
Buyers of hit new ‘emotional robot’ Pepper to sign contract vowing it won’t be used for sex

DAILY MAIL | 22 September 2015
Japan-based SoftBank included a clause in the ownership contract which said using the robot for ‘the purpose of sexual or indecent behavior’ breaks this rental agreement…Computer pranksters have already reprogrammed the iPad hanging from its neck to give Pepper ‘virtual breasts’ which makes it shake its hips and moan when touched..more


Previously the 3Yen has reported on Japanese robosex including: