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10/16/2014

Internet addiction continues to rise in Japan

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Japanese experts are blaming the the increasing quality of digital content and the plague of smartphone/keitai zombies (3Yen 2014-07-06) for the continuing increase of Net addicts, who often prefer the Internet over other essential activities such as sleeping (or sex).

Internet addiction rising in Japan
NHK WORLD Oct. 15, 2014
A panel of experts in Japan says more than 4.2 million people in the country are addicted to the internet…addiction is up 50 percent from the last survey 6 years ago.
Addiction is suspected when people neglect their work or household chores as a result of spending too much time online.
More…

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Click to play. (in Japanese)

Solution?
The Japanese government needs a crash program to provide all Internet junkies with the “iFeel_IM” — the “Virtual Hugging Vest” has been created at Toyohashi University of Technology.
As shown below, the “iFeel_IM” can simulate the feel of a hug or shrug using the tight vest and electronic sensors and vibrotactile actuators. The iFeel_IM’s website describes that the vest can provide hikomori/socially-isolated geek with: “The quickened thump of an angry heart beat, a spine-tingling chill of fear, or that warm-all-over sensation sparked by true love — all can be felt even as your eyes stay glued to a computer screen.”
iFeel_IM Affective Haptics in Emotional Communication..

For more about this perfect solution, refer to the previous report on the 3Yen (2010-04-10): sad iFeel_IM

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10/16/2014

Pisser presser

As I have written before*, according to Japanese law everything must have a cute mascot—a yuru-kyara / yuru-kyara japanese loose character mascot—literally a ‘loose character’ or ‘floppy mascot’. And, the No. 1 in the mascot popularity polls in Japan is “Funassyi,” the official unofficial character Funabashi City, which is next to Tokyo. (wikipedia.org).

So, imagine my surprise to see that Funassyi suddenly has a brother “Funagoro” who at his first press conference today pissed* all over the reporters(Click to watch the video of the “pisser presser”)
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The puerile pissing* action starts at the 6min 20sec point of the video.

*Ok, ok, Funagoro didn’t really piss on the press. He and Funassyi are supposed to be pears and pears can get infested with worms. Funagoro has a green caterpillar up his butt that shoots silk with he gets excited.

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Previous puerile reports of Funassyi on the 3Yen include:


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10/15/2014

Everyday and night is Halloween in Harajuku

Halloween is still a couple of weeks away but in Harajuku: Everyday is Halloween.
In the über-trendy fashion district of Tokyo, Shibuya/Harajuku, the Headless Horsemen are enjoying themselves before their big ride on Halloween.

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And for those needing a good Halloween costume…Here’s one that will serve dressing up as the Mummy on Halloween night and as a facial exerciser every night thereafter!
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Facewaver Exercise Mask

Beauty skin sag face stretcher via the Japan Trend Shop… facewaver face stretcher mask

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The 3Yen has reported on several of these amazing Japanese facial exercisers many times before including:
   • Japanese in your face—Sucks and Blows (3Yen / 2014-01-29)
   • Whore-ray faceLift Bra(3Yen / 2013-10-09)
   • Japanese face tune-up (3Yen / 2012-07-07)
   • Japanese WTF goods (3Yen / 2012-02-01)


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10/13/2014

Blacker ‘Black Ships’ for Japan

Blacker than the “Black Ships” (3Yen / 2005-03-31), is President Obama as Commodore Perry and the TPP—Trans-Pacific Partnership—the proposed regional free-trade agreement*.
Here Obama is shown facing off the sacred cows of the JA–Japan Agriculture Group.

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10/13/2014

Kittypatra? Egypto-Japanese Hello Kitty

“Kittypatra” is some sort of Egypto-Japanese Kitty Deity…

In Los Angles, the Japanese American National Museum is holding the exhibitionHello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty featuring the above “Kittypatra” as well as hundreds of more, said-open mixed media works by artists demonstrating Hello Kitty’s dominance over today’s contemporary art scene,said-closed ri-i-i-ight.

Learn more about the exhibit at the websites of Sanrio and the Japanese American National Museum.
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10/12/2014

Japanese Rain-Goggles ready for Vongfong!

Get your Japanese Rain-Goggles (3Yen/ 2010-11-24)ready for Super Typhoon Vongfong — Japan’s biggest storm this year!

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周りを見ても まだまだ モノマネで天下を取ろうとしている この現状 疲れるよね まぁ 逆に言うと 今までしてきた事が自信から確信に変わったかな 突き進もうと pic.twitter.com/1TEVEjnd18 — Kurage Kid'O (@KurageKidO) October 12, 2014

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bbc.com/news/world-asia

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10/12/2014

KOBAN japanesque…

Below are photos of a typical neighborhood police substation in Japan—aka “police box”—which is nearly always labeled in the Roman letters “KOBAN” (koban-kanji Wiki).

You might wonder goes on in a Japanese Koban/police box—think Koncho...
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To learn more about the fun “Koncho” Japanese poking game refer to the previous 3Yen reports…

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10/11/2014

The rise of cosplay = The fall of the economy

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An interest in cosplay should be a key no-no for any job prospect evaluation by human resources, as I have said countless times* here on the 3Yen.

Why the rise of cosplay is a bad sign for the economy
—Dressing up like Wolverine … is probably more fun than scouring the classifieds for menial jobs—
The Week | October 9, 2014
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Continues…


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10/10/2014

FEMM’s Tokyo Takeover

MTV Japan has a real winner wiener here…

F.E.M.M.Far East Mention Mannequins’ Tokyo Takeover, an alternative guide to the Japan’s capital…MTV 81femm-tokyo-takeover_crop

Japan’s MTV has always been the wildly unsuccessful, bastard child of the MTV’s localized channels worldwide. As a whole, MTV doesn’t translate well into Japanese and saccharine J-Pop doesn’t present well in the MTV format.

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Previous 3Yen posts about MTV Japan’s failures include:


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10/9/2014

Global Warming in Tokyo results in…

Global Warming has resulted in the loss of habitat for Polar Bears* as evidenced by the appearance of this bear in downtown Shibuya Tokyo.

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Translation: said-openIf you were allowed to walk the polar bear in Shibuya, this is what it would look like, ha, ha.said-closed

The above polar bear costume was seen walking to a TV interview in Shibuya last night—I guess it’s always best to test your costume fully before Halloween.

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