A provocative poster promoting a local shopping incentive campaign by the Minokamo City Tourist Association has been recalled due to public outcry. The poster features a manga illustration of a woman with an exaggerated bust size. The character is from a popular anime TV program which is being used in a tie-in with the city’s
A popular beach near Yokohama implemented a smoking policy at the start of this year’s swimming season in June. Zushi beach in Kanagawa Prefecture has banned smoking except at designated areas on its 600-meters of sand. Five smoking huts have been installed on the beach. Four standing ashtrays have also been placed in the
Seventy-seven gropers (chikan) were arrested on Tokyo commuter trains during a crackdown by the Japan National Police Agency. During the April 15 – 21 effort, 120 officers from the NPA and the Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectural police rode train routes known to attract molesters. Six people were caught on the Keio Line and JR
McDonald’s discount coupons from outlet in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. This seems to be the standard coupon issued for McDonald’s outlets celebrating their third year of doing business. More 3th in Japan: dancers; fish; dog; the dentist; hair; kitchening. And from Korea. Counting ordinal numbers in Japan Other unique ordinal numbers available in Japan: 1th Jeans Websites Birthday
Suicides increase in March in Japan so the government has begun an emergency 3-month suicide prevention campaign. National Police Agency statistics indicate the number of people who commit suicide is highest in March. The fiscal year ends on March 31 and it’s believed poor financial situations at companies cause managers to commit suicide. The
Invasion of the Three-Word Ad Slogan — Quiz These slogans appear in English text on the product’s ads in Japan. Match the slogan to the company. (No cheating!) Instructions: For each company in the far left column, enter in the small box the number of the slogan from the slogan list. If the slogan number
"Locally grown for local consumption" is a common practice in many cities in Japan. Small plots of urban land dedicated to farming can be found in cities of all sizes. Kunio Tsubota of the Kyushu University Asia Centre writes in Urban Agriculture in Asia: Lessons from Japanese Experience "The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)
An ad campaign by the Bicycle Association of Japan advises bicycle buyers to look for the BAA-approved safety sticker on new bicycles. BAA ads focus on bicycle brake response and night visibility. Laws in Japan requires seatbelts be worn by all occupants in vehicles. A regulation requires helmets be worn by riders of motorized bicycles and
Advertisements promoting US meat do not feature cows or pigs prominently in the ads. The Japan ad campaign features friendly farmers and happy families with few images of cattle or hogs. One US Meat Export Federation advertisement on a Tokyo train depicts a man – a farmer – standing among crops in a field. There
Ryu Kawaguchifujiyamasan, Jan. 1 – Feb 16. (Reason for resignation: health – "irritable atreporta syndrome".) Taro Suzuki, March 2 – March 28. (Lack of support: public opinion rating falls below 1%.) Jun Satoishikawa, April 1 – April 25. (Says: "I don’t know how to cook. There is no chef at official residence. I’m
Engines Off While Waiting A campaign to get drivers to stop idling car engines has been underway for more than ten years in Japan. The Japan Ministry Of Environment started the effort in June 1997. Large quantities of "stop idling" stickers were distributed by the Environment office, to be posted on trucks and taxis. The
Mobile phone signal-blocking at cash dispensers is the newest effort to fight fraud in Japan. In October Japan police made a major nationwide effort to prevent citizens – especially the elderly – from becoming victims of various telephone scams. In many of the frauds, senior citizens were instructed by phone to go to banks and
More Barack Obama tee shirts available from ClubT, a design-your-own tee shirt and goods website in Japan. Obama City, Japan: website; news and photo. Obama impersonator. Also see Obama Instant Tee Shirts.
Japan’s annual “Cool Biz” energy-saving campaign began June 1, 2008. The fashion campaign was initiated in 2005 by former Japan environment minister Yuriko Koike. She argued that by getting men out of suits, office building air conditioning thermostats could be raised to 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) and would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Opposite Directions Decreasing auto sales in Japan, combined with new laws targeting elderly drivers and other efforts to prevent pensioners from driving, are making it more difficult for auto manufacturers facing a different demographic future. Newsweek reports automobile sales in Japan have been declining steadily over time. It says aside from minicars and luxury foreign