Tama-chan promoted to Super Station Chief after one year as regular Station Chief. Gets new house. interview LetsJapan: What did you do before you were appointed Stationmaster? Tama-chan : I was being taken care of by an old lady who owned a shop next to Kishikawa station. LJ: She provided for you. Tc: Yeah. She
Strap-on this handy spare wheel holder and you’ll always have a big wheel when you need it. But that’s not all! The Viva Hula can also be used as a mini-scooter! Just tilt your tummy to steer through crowds. And the Biba Fura’s patented Swiveltation® technology helps you lose weight! About JPY 4,000. Learn more
A suspect in a crime is identified by name, and employer or occupation, but other people arrested for similar crimes are called only “company employees”( whatever that means.) In Japan, it seems the employer and occupation are revealed for anyone in a media-related occupation, who is caught driving while intoxicated, or peeping under skirts, or
Domino’s Pizza apologizes for price increases with a flier attached to it’s pizza boxes (left). It states that due to the worldwide cost increases of flour, cheese and oil, Dominos suddenly had to raise prices. Except these three pizzas will remain at the old price. Kentucky Fried Chicken apologizes for a 20-yen per piece increase.
Made (Better) in Japan ( Forked, Alan Richman, GQ, March 2008) Also a Newsweek International Special report, The New Food Capital Of The World. This article mentions the fascination with food on TV in Japan, and the 2007 edition of the Michelin Guide, which “gave a total of 191 stars to Tokyo, leaving Paris a
Will Chisato Kon, from Aomori-shi, be the next worldwide Voice of McDonald’s? More than 3,600 McDonald’s crew and managers from 53 countries entered the Voice of McDonald’s II singing contest. The deadline was in Sept 2007. The first prize winner receives a $25,000 prize, but no recording contract. The finals will be held at McDonald’s
From stylish Omote Sando in Tokyo, to the far rural areas of Japan, “Watch for Molesters” signs are a common sight. (above: The chikan sign in Omote Sando: “Chikan attention. Immediately call 110”) [“Watch for Chikan” gallery ]["Watch for Chikan” homemade][Osaka police “Stop Chikan”] Aichi Police – How to Avoid or Catch Chikan in 10
Hidden microphones and cameras are increasingly being used for corporate spying in Japan. The Daily Yomiuri reports competition has lead to increased snooping. And many Japanese companies are not sufficiently protected. So who ya gonna call? Well information leak control officers at the Tokyo-based, non-profit, Japan Information Leak Control Management (JILCoM) will check for hidden
Disposable deodorizing high-absorbent polymer “pet toilet sheets”. A friend’s who’s family is often too busy to walk the dog told me about this time-saving product. Convenience is emphasized in the marketing.The few similar items found online outside Japan are marketed with emphasis as a training aid, to eventually have the dog relieve itself outdoors. (left,
ABC Cooking Studio is offering two desserts created from ABC recipes, at Seven Eleven stores in Japan. The fresh ?Creme Earl Grey? and ?Grapefruit Yogurt Mousse? packages include QR codes to access the product recipe online using a cell phone. (Once you have the URL, you can also view the web page on your PC.)
If NHK reported your daily life. When a taxi driver is mugged, a person sleeps through a burglary, or a screw falls off an aircraft’s landing gear door, NHK’s charts, graphs, arrows, experts and computer generated images will show you exactly how it happened.?
The Daily Yomiuri reports that a ?disaster relief vending machine? which can be enabled to dispense goods for free during a natural disaster, has been installed outside a police box in Maebashi. And the Maebashi machine is not the only one. There are 20 similar vending machines in Shizuoka. In fact, vending machines that become