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Michael Moore visits a maid cafe in Akihabara

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    Shinichi Karube of “Mezamashi TV” takes American director Michael Moore on a tour of Akihabara:

    Part 1


    Michael Moore is amused with the crowd of onlookers taking photos of himself and Karube. He borrows a camera from one onlooker so he can take the onlooker’s photo. He then asks to call the guy’s dad, who is a reporter for the Sankei Shimbun (FTV is part of the same media group). The father cannot speak English, but Moore attempts a conversation anyway.

    Upon seeing a man wearing a mask, Moore decides to give a lecture on why it is good for us as humans to breath in germs and get a stronger immune system. The lecture doesn’t seem to have much effect.

    They move on to a figure shop. Moore ignores the figures and buys some wire instead.

    Next, they interview a Japanese gyaru. She had never heard of Michael Moore, which gives the show an opportunity to air some clips further introducing Moore’s achievements to the audience at home. The gyaru and her friend had just come from a maid cafe….

    Part 2 (The maid cafe)


    Moore and Karube go to Akihabara’s famous @home maid cafe. Moore does not seem to enjoy the servility of the maids and fears that it is some sort of pedo business that will soon be raided by the police.

    Before leaving, Moore apparently comments on his opposition to Obama’s Afghanistan policy. He then reminds Karube that masks are bad and germs are good. Teenage girls are to be avoided.

    48 comments - What do you think?  Posted by James - December 14, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Categories: Celebrity News, Foreigners in Japan

    Foreigners amazed by giant garbage claw

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    Some of ATV’s foreign reporter team, visits a trash processing facility near Tokyo Bay and gets to see a giant claw in action:

    The trash lifted by the claw is burned at 1450°C. The leftover metal is recycled.

    In the second clip, they check out the tunnel under Tokyo Bay:


    They are given a special tour of the emergency walkway that runs under the road. In case of a fire inside the tunnel, there are evacuation slides every 300-meters that allow trapped drivers to escape into the emergency walkway.

    At the end of the clip, they walk up a lot of stairs and get to walk around on the artificial island created as a ventilation shaft for the tunnel. (Warning: There is an absolutely stupid pun in the last few seconds of the video.)

    31 comments - What do you think?  Posted by James - November 21, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Categories: Foreigners in Japan, Technology

    Prince Hisahito encounters cute animals

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    Prince Hisahito, the grandson of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, visited Ueno Zoo for a photo op with some cute animals:

    The prince spent time petting and handling rabbits and guinea pigs and caring for Tokara goats at the Children’s Zoo.

    When he encountered a rabbit, he asked staff how to hold it. He also moved guinea pigs from a raised platform onto the floor, where he crouched down to pet them

    More photos can be found on the websites of the Sankei Shimbun, the Yomiuri Shimbun, and the AFP.

    4 comments - What do you think?  Posted by James - October 29, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Categories: Celebrity News

    No Koreans Allowed

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    A Japanese TV program visits the island of Tsushima to investigate the frictions between Korean tourists and locals. At one restaurant, they found a sign banning the entry of Korean customers. Here’s a subtitled video clip of them speaking to the restaurant owner:

    The owner was fed up with the “bad manners” of Korean tourists, so he decided to reject everyone from their country.

    Afterwards, they visit a restaurant that is happy to welcome Koreans. The owner used to be involved in the fishing industry and would frequently travel to South Korea, so he has some experience with Korean culture. He says that Koreans tend to act the same way at restaurants in their own country, so it’s not like they are deliberately being rude in Japan. Some Japanese without his experiences might not understand the differences in manners and customs between the two countries.


    The next clip shows some behavior that is a deliberately rude:

    At Tsushima’s Watatsumi shrine, they find a prayer tablet with Korean writing on it. Their interpreter tells them that it contains the message “Tsushima belongs to Korea” alongside a declaration of Korean sovereignty over the Liancourt Rocks.

    The issue of Koreans trying to claim Tsushima as their own territory has been mentioned in previous posts about Korean visitors to Tsushima. The South Korean city Masan has passed an ordinance claiming ownership of the Japanese island, and nationalist groups have also held “Tsushima belongs to us” protests on Japanese soil.

    Other Japanese news reports have included images of prayer tablets that had their original Japanese messages crossed out and replaced with nationalistic messages from Korean vandals.


    Finally, here’s a clip about Korean garbage that litters the shores of Tsushima and the illegal fishing practices of some Korean tourists:

    The marine garbage problem has been getting a lot of Japanese media attention, as Tsushima isn’t the only area being hit by a flood of junk with Korean writing on it. As has been mentioned in previous posts, South Korean volunteer organizations have been helping clean up the trash on Tsushima’s beaches.

    The fishing issue involves the dumping of bait into the water to attract extra fish. To prevent overfishing, there is a law that bans non-citizens from engaging in this practice. Every time the Japanese media sends a camera crew to Tsushima, they seem to have little trouble finding Koreans who are violating this law. Some are unaware of the law, while others knowingly violate it. The South Korean media has even aired TV reports about the illegal fishing and bad manners of Korean tourists who visit Tsushima.

    Over at the Marmot’s Hole, Robert has been posted a video clip of a small group of Japanese welcoming South Korean tourists to Tsushima with cries of “Go back to Korea!”  They use the term “chosenjin” when referring to the Koreans, apparently because it is considered an offensive term in Korea:


    The people in the clip are identified as members of the Tokyo citizen’s group Shuken Kaifuku wo Mezasu Kai (The Society to Seek Restoration of Sovereignty), which has also been active in pushing for changes to Japanese history textbooks that “give school children false information.” It would seem that they got so riled up about the actions of certain Korean tourists that they bought plane tickets from Tokyo and flew over for a protest.

    95 comments - What do you think?  Posted by James - September 24, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Categories: Discrimination, Foreigners in Japan

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