Japan’s National Election with Vocaloid

Upper house election finished tonight 20:00 Sunday, July 21. This time, the use of the Internet was allowed first time in history. So far, there are no prominent Internet using candidate reported though.

Another small difference which some people noticed this time is the usage of Vocaloid, human-voice music synthesizer software which might be best known by its top virtual character Hatsune Miku.

One candidate of Democratic party were tweeted by using Vocaloid to blast his name around Tokyo.

“There is someone using vocaloid for election voice. In Omote-Sando.”

It was retweeted by some including Takafumi Horie. Tweets were more or less favorable to the idea itself, like saying that Vocaloid’s voices might be popular for young generation, but most people carefully avoid mentioning the candidate’s name and his political party.

I tried to seek if anyone took the video and uploaded, but found nothing.

This communist candidate in Hokkaido also used Vocaloid to speech on election van. Speech by Vocaloid starts at 00:09.

Hatsune Miku Appears On A Pizza In “Domino’s App feat. Hatsune Miku”

Higa Industries, Inc. [J] has released the iOS AR (augmented reality) application in collaboration with the pizza chain “Domino’s Pizza” and virtual idol Hatsune Miku, “Domino’s App feat. Hatsune Miku.”

“Domino’s App feat. Hatsune Miku” is an application which adds AR functions and Hatsune Miku contents to the already released Domino’s Pizza iOS Application “Domino’s Pizza App.”  Users select their order from the Domino’s Pizza menu from within the app, and can check up on the delivery status with the tracking function.  Furthermore, with the “Pizza Stage Live” function, when you look through the camera of your device at the home delivered pizza package, Hatsune Miku appears on screen and her concert begins, and with the “Social Pizza Camera,” you can take a photo together with Hatsune Miku.

Domino’s App feat. Hatsune Miku – Domino’s Home Delivery Pizza [J]
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“Hatsune Miku” Hits Hong Kong, Taiwan, With “Miku Pa♪” Live Concerts

Hatsune Miku Hong Kong and Taiwan executive committe has announced that they will hold “Miku Pa♪”, vocaloid Hatsune Miku’s concerts at Hong Kong and Taiwan.  They have also opened an Exclusive Site. [J]

Hatsune Miku’s concerts held in foreign countries include “MIKUNOPOLIS” in Los Angeles on July 2nd 2011, and this will be the 2nd and third time continuing from the first“Miku Pa♪” in Singapore on November 11th, 2011.  It will be held in Hong Kong on October 2nd at KITEC Star Hall, and in Taiwan on October 6th at Taipeishow (Taipei Show Hall 2).  Both will have two public performances in one day, daytime and at night, and ticket reservation is planned to commence from July 12th.

“Hatsune Miku” Miku’s Nichi Dai Kanshasai (Big Japanese Thanksgiving) 2 Days Complete BOX (First Time built-to-order limited edition) [Blu-ray]


Hatsune Miku Concert Saigo No Miku No Nichi Kanshasai (Last of Miku’s Japan Thanksgiving) [Blu-ray]

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Many Hatsune Miku Videos Being Removed From YouTube By Invalid Copyright Report

Popular human voice synthesizer Vocaloid Hatsune Miku are getting known oversea as a Japanese web phenomenon. Like the global company Google picked it up as a “singer” for Chrome promotion in Japan, where they chose Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga for US.

As the Chrome video shows, there are massive number of generated songs and videos are created, uploaded on Nico Nico Douga and YouTube.

On YouTube, some Miku fans started noticing that some of the Hatsune Miku videos were removed with “copyright violation” recently. Many of the banned videos are English and other subtitled ones made from the original Japanese versions.

Nico Nico Pedia has a detailed history of the issue started in last November [J]. According to it, the users who reported the copyright violation all have a name Junichi Sasa, or slightly modified of it, who are unlikely own the copyright of the removed videos.

Fans made a video to inform this issue. The English subbed one is here,

Chinese,

French,

The copyright holder of the Hatsune Miku’s video is each creator, so, on regular copyright report, the original creators are encouraged to claim YouTube to get it back. However, making things difficult is that many of Hatsune Miku videos are re-uploaded from Nico Nico Douga to YouTube by non-authors, and foreign language subtitled versions are usually made another users. In that meaning, those removed videos are not really by the original copyright holder.

Even when the author does not care, or is pleased that their videos are distributed across the web services and the languages, not many of them notice and take countermeasure on those distributed versions.