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A 2-D girlfriend to help keep your long, lonely drives safe

This year’s Automotive Engineering Exposition in Yokohama, Japan saw more than just cars, accessories, and robots; there was also a new 2-D girlfriend on display.

ZMP Inc. is a robotics and automotive company that creates “platforms for the development of next-generation vehicles” with an eye towards sensors and information management. For example, their RoboCars are outfitted with sensors and instruments that let you collect information about your car, like an airplane black box, as well as supplying weather information. They even used it to steer the car from a Windows tablet.

So, what’s this forward-thinking company’s next product? How about a digital girlfriend for your lonely drives!! Read More

How to get AmEx to pay for your fun time at the girly bar

After stealing his father’s credit card, one 16-year-old Japanese boy had the (questionably) brilliant idea of taking it for a spin around some “cabaret clubs,” racking up 5,500,000 yen (approximately US$53,300) in charges. His father, understandably, was not willing to the pay and went to court to dispute the bill from American Express.

And how did that turn out for him? Not bad, actually.

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Shield Your Rocket: Waterproofing a Smartphone with a Condom

I’m sure that there are those of you out there who use their smartphones in the tub. Soaking while you surf the Net and watch movies is just pure bliss, ain’t it? The bathtub smartphone is simply awesome! And slightly dangerous…

What you really need to pay attention to is waterproofing. Certainly there are special accessories and ziplock bags, but recently there’s been one…unique method running around the Internet rumor mills. What the hell am I talking about? Using condoms for waterproofing! Read More

Beautiful Cosplay Girl is Actually Nerdy Guy

Pictures of the cosplayer seen above have been making the rounds on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, being hailed as “just too cute!” Many women post pictures on the internet of themselves cosplaying and these new photos seem to be more of the same. That’s not to say that this young lady doesn’t look good, but at first glance, it doesn’t seem to be a buzzworthy image…that is until you see the pictures of this beautiful girl without makeup and costume.

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The Branomics Bra: Keeping Politicians’ Busty Promises

This Wednesday, underwear manufacturer Triumph International’s Japan team held a product-release event for its bra that “reflects the times.” On display at the biannual event was the Branomics Bra, based on the Abenomics “Three Arrows” policy. Arisa Watanabe and ALISA, poster girls for the company, wore the bust-increasing garments, striking various poses for the attendees. (As far as we know, tickets to these events are not publicly available. Rats!) Read More

A Mascot for the Family Jewels! (Women and Children Love Him!)

Many cities and institutions have cute mascots for PR purposes, usually based on some special local product or place name. Japan and many other countries have plenty of these kinds of characters, but one surprising new face has caught the attention of the entire globe.

We are speaking, of course, about the mascot based on “the family jewels.” The… family jewels? Yep. It’s exactly what it sounds like! (And totally NOT safe for work!!) Read More

‘It Scared the Poop Outta Me!’ Public Toilet in China Explodes, Woman Escapes Unharmed

When it comes to bizarre toilet stories, China may be in the running for the number one spot. (Or should we say “number two?” Sorry…) This story, though, is a little more… explosive. Read More

Thai DJ Puts iPhone on Blast…from an iPhone

Just as hidari no ko vs migi no ko  is dividing Japan, iPhone vs Android has divided the world. And that division is most clear in the ceaseless battle between Apple and Samsung. Where patent lawsuits once captured our attention, stealth marketing and negative campaigns have suddenly sprung up. And today’s news out of Thailand is all the more bizarre for its tactlessness. Read More

One Teacher’s Dirty Little Secret: Taking a Part-Time Job as a…Call Girl?!

Teaching is not always the most financially rewarding job, is it? Even in Japan, where getting a good education is highly valued, teachers can find themselves on hard times, like this unfortunate young woman from Osaka.

A 29-year-old teacher from Osaka has resigned from her position after receiving a six-month suspension for taking a part-time job as a call girl.

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Rental Wife: A Job Option For Young Women in Thailand

Searching for “rental wife Thailand” in Google produces an overwhelming amount of results.  With websites titled “How to Find a Girlfriend or Wife in Thailand” and “How much is it if I rent some girl for one weekend?” it’s enough to make you feel sick (or excited if that’s your thing).

In Thailand, the job of “rental wife” has been established as a viable occupation for young women.  Also known as “black pearls,” rental wives are hired by male foreigners living in Thailand to fill the role of an actual wife.

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9 ways to have fun playing video games with your girlfriend (according to Japanese women) and why they are dumb

Otome Sugoren, a Japanese women’s website featuring love and advice columns, has just released a list of nine ways for boyfriends to enjoy playing video games with their girlfriends. The article explains, “there are so many men who love to play video games, but what’s a non-gaming girlfriend to do? These boyfriends make the mistake of inviting their girlfriend to play without knowing how to have fun with a beginner.” To help out all those hardcore gaming boyfriends, Sugoren asked female readers to take a survey and outlined the best way men can help their non-gamer girl have a fun time playing video games.

The following are the top nine responses to Otome Sugoren’s survey, along with reasons why this author, a gaming girl herself, thinks these women are idiots.

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Would You Like Some Floor Ramen? China’s Leading Ramen Company, Ting Yi, Thinks You’ll Love the Extra Flavor

Pictures of the inner workings of the Ting Yi factory, one of China’s largest food companies, have surfaced on the internet this week, shocking many ramen fans.  If you happen to find yourself enjoying an exceptionally delicious bowl of instant ramen with a flavor that you can’t quite put your finger on, take a look at the following pictures.

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Anti-Japan Protesters in China:  Oops! We Thought Samsung is Japanese


Quick, what country does Samsung come from?  

If you said Japan, you’re wrong.  Samsung is actually headquartered in South Korea.  But no worries, it’s just a missed trivia question.  However, if you’re an angry mob hell bent on destroying all things Japanese and you make this same mistake, you’ve committed a major faux paus.

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A Tale of Japanese Customer Service

The following is a translation of an article written by one of our Japanese coworkers:

I am crazy about Calbee Lightly Salted Potato Chips. I find their balance of saltiness and crispy texture to be really addictive. Some of my friends are fans of other chip brands, but I have stuck to Calbee’s for quite a long time.

But the other day, I was enjoying a bag of chips when I happened to feel something like a hair in my mouth. I spat it out and saw something that looked like a thread attached to a chip. There was little doubt that what I saw was an accidental artifact of the production process.

It wasn’t a big deal to me at the time, but after a little while I began to wonder what would happen if I called Calbee’s Customer Service number. I was overtaken by simple curiosity and called the number printed on the back of a nearby bag. What happened next, I could never have expected…

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