I got you

It’s a bit hard to see, but here is a poster demonstrating one of the ways the police subdue criminals here, but in this case it’s actually train station staff grabbing some dude who didn’t pay his train fare.

To minimize contact and risk of injury they have these big claws. Two cops can get one on either side and you’re basically stuck.

They might also be able to heimlich you.

Dude…dude

Okay, simply, fuck you dude. I get Japan is a tight place and space is at a premium, but you’re being a dick.

It’s like he’s making manspreading into an extreme sport.

Seriously serious

You know you take your mobile gaming seriously when you use two devices at the same time. I couldn’t figure out if he was playing two different games, playing with himself, or using one for information on the other. Illegally taking his photo was as much a risk as I could justify.

Drinks that were drunk

Seasonal drinks, all kinds of local branding, this is something that Japanese people, and people that visit Japan love. I got sucked in from my first days and now check the changing of the season with whatever drinks that are on offer.

Pepsi basically makes a unique drink bi-annually, but is that a good thing?

It’s Pepsi, but it had a slightly different aftertaste. Spicer would be appropriate since that is relative.

At the same time they came out with the J-cola midnight, which they recommended you drink after you take an evening bath instead of your Japanese tea.

This still had caffeine in it, so if you were planning on going to bed, plan on at least staying up…until midnight.

 

You don’t need to come up with a new flavor to reel people in. When Coke branded their bottles with people’s names, sales went way up. Here they also have the locally branded version, hoping that you will feel the need to travel all over Japan to complete your collection.

It tasted like coke, but from Nagoya.

NNJ 26: Puro Creepy Guy Bull

What’s happening in PuroLand next month, and why.

The creepy dude report, in a serious way, and then in a not so serious way.

A quit follow up on some stories that refuse to die.

Then a big change in cow rights.

NNJ 26

@NinjaNewsJapan

 

The images promised in today’s episode:

Some Hello Kitty scary food you can get next month, should you survive.

Seriously, this is Hello Kitty

Our public fetish friend who you can follow on twitter.

and his friend who you can’t.

 

2020 Olympic Mascots

Look like they will meld into robots and save the world.

Here they are in action.

Thank you for the stats

In just a few months NinjaNewsJapan has seen a lot of growth. People are recommending it and doing all the supporting things you need to grow without me begging them to do it. January 2018 was a record month as NNJ surpassed my other, much longer running podcast

Surprisingly, I’m super happy about it.

I’ll keep doing my best, and hopefully improve throughout 2018. Thank you to everyone.

Black Chips

At the beginning of this new year there was a bit of a brew ha ha as people got all worked up about a comedian on an annual special coming out in Blackface. The theme was cop shows and movies, thus one of the leads wanted to be Axel Foley, which could only be done in full make up. Take a gander:

It set people off. I have had this conversation with Japanese people before and they just don’t get it overall. Most people see it as emulation or imitation as a form of flattery and any explanation to the contrary is received with confused looks. Not sharing or understanding that history makes the issue difficult to understand.

Here is an interesting side note. There is this famous person in Japan who is primarily famous for being really tanned, which Japanese people often refer to as “black”. That was enough for him to get his own chip line:

See that white blotch? Those are his teeth. They’ve clearly darkened him up with make up, but they are’t trying to imply that he is mimicking a black person. Does this fall into the same category? I honestly have no idea. When they do a white frosted or yogurt covered chip we can explore my outrage.