Japanese Media Artist Uses Poo And Fart To Explain Nuclear Crisis

I wrote “Poo is a magic word for primary-school children. It is an universal motif and will work even 100 years later” before. It does not change even at the disaster in Japan.  A Japanese media artist Hachiya Kazuhiko has explained nuclear crisis in a Youtube video, using the poo and fart.


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At first, he has explained nuclear crisis on Twitter [J], using the poo and fart. Afterward, he drew an cartoon and uploaded it on YouTube. Nuclear Boy(Fukushima nuclear power plant) said, “My tummy hurts…I can not hold my poo any longer…”  and he broke wind a bit.  On the other hand, Chernobyl leaked poo. Besides, it was diarrheal stool and he ran around. It’s unbelievable tragedy!

If everybody is wise, the difference between Fukushima and Chernobyl will be able to be understood. The fart is certainly stinking. However, it is better than leaking diarrheal stool.


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Tokyo Girls Collection Aired On YouTube Live Streaming

One of Japan’s largest fashion show, Tokyo Girls Collection held its 12th event today at Yoyogi National Gymnasium.   Apart from other fashion events exclusively for fashion designers and apparel buyers, it intends young girls to buy what they want with their cellphone handsets while watching the show on which women celebrities and models present the latest trends of clothing and beauty.   Some news sources reported over 23,000 women and girls are there to watch and buy just right there.

For the first time in their history, this event is available live on YouTube[J], and you can choose a view from three streams such as a runway camera and a zoom-out angle.   In synchronization with the show, pieces that models wear on the runway will be appeared right next to the live streaming screen on the YouTube page, which enables you to buy them so easily just by clicking on what you want.   All the viewers can interact with the show presenters by posting messages on Twitter.

It is scheduled to end today at 9pm Japan Time, and its high light videos are expected to be available on YouTube until the next event.

Meanwhile, in association with Google, they are running a campaign using a widget on which users can enjoy coordinating clothes for either of three beauties.  You can enjoy it via this link[J]. (available only on Google Chrome)    You are recommended to submit a set of pieces in your taste, because the event’s organizer FashionWalker.com[J] will choose the best three sets from the applications including yours, and you may win a chance to get all you have coordinated for completely free.

2 Tokyo College Students Expelled By Uploading Video “Save The Ugly Girls” On YouTube

Two male senior students of Tokyo Metropolitan University uploading a series of movies on YouTube under the name of “Dobusu wo Mamoru Kai”(Save The Ugly Girls Club) early this month rapidly called a strong reactions from Japanese society.

June 12th at Tachikawa station, those guys asked ladies few pictures with lying it was for magazine, then unveiled that they were trying to record disappearing “ugly girls”. Of course, the girls protested and demanded to erase the pictures, however, they also record those interaction and uploaded them to YouTube.

By knowing that some raged web users tracked those students personal information and publicized, the movies were withdrawn quickly [J]. But people found that the same group also made another movies such like running fake street donation, secret videoing women on train, under the name of “art” [J]. They told to the university’s inquiry, “We thought we could achieve some expressions by chasing humor happened from unethical behaviour.”

On 24th, the university announced [J, pdf] that those two students are dismissed, a graduate student who assisted video edit is suspended for one month.

[Update 2010-07-08] The university announced [J, pdf] that the associate professor, who was a tutor of those students, resigned under instruction.

January 2010 Japan-IT Links (part 1)

Last week our RSS subscribers passed over 5,000, which is a good milestone. Twitter followers also increased to 400. Following @asiajin also will notify our latest articles. Thank you so much.

Here is the first half of January Japanese IT/Web interesting news links we did not take as a dedicated article. (part 2 is here)

Referred pages are all in Japanese, unless otherwise noted.

If you want to know any specific news more, but unable to find them in other English blog/media, please let us know.

As you see, we know a lot things to write but contributors time are limited. So we are looking for authors. We will help Japanese research/reading part so do not worry if your Japanese is not perfect.

We also want sponsorship to keep this group blog. Ideal if from Japanese companies because our initial motivation was to introduce them to non-Japanese web. Problem is we only write in English and they do not check English sites :-) If you know them please suggest us to them!

Enemies Yesterday, Friends Today: Japanese Major TV Broadcasters Handshake With YouTube

TV Asahi's Logo TBS' Logo YouTube Logo

For three years David Eun, Google‘s VP of strategic partnerships, has been working on persuade Japanese media giants to join the team.   The key stations of Japan’s two nationwide private TV networks, TV Asahi and TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) made agreements with Google on Tuesday, and the both broadcasters started distributing their news video clips and TV show trailers on YouTube, as well as using it to allow TV viewers to upload their amateur videos and to participate in 2-way program production process.

The both broadcasters used to tend to be too nervous to do something with YouTube, because it could be the center of illegal video distribution.   Both companies tested Google’s new technology that enable to detect illegally uploaded videos, and they confirmed it works effectively enough.

TBS learned 80% of all illegally uploaded videos on YouTube that have been originally produced by the broadcaster were popular drama series, and 30% of them had Chinese subtitles, TBS content business unit manager Natsuhiko Uji-ie says.  YouTube is reportedly considering deployment of viewer subscription program and PPV (pay-per-view), he expected to work with YouTube to develop a money-making video distribution platform.

Ryuko Furukawa, Manager of Crossmedia Development for TV-Asahi, says, their first meeting with YouTube started with illegal video issue.   But Google accepted a number of TV-Asahi’s demands on improving the accuracy of detecting illegal videos,  finally the broadcaster understood YouTube’s improved content ID management system works effectively.

Now, when you find your copyrighted video has been unintentionally uploaded to YouTube by the third-party user, you can choose an option from the sets on how to respond it.   1) block the video, 2) pursue who has uploaded the video and 3) monetize the incident.

For example, there were an YouTube video titled “JK Wedding Entrance Dance” which were uploaded by someone, and American pop music artist Chris Brown‘s tune was used on it.   This video earned 26 million PVs, and the tune’s copyright holder Sony Music chose an option of “3) monetize” and put a link to the purchase on iTunes.   As a result, Chris’ tunes got high ranking in the number of music file sales and downloading.

via Impress Internet Watch[J] and IT-Media’s At-mark IT[J]

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Two Parties Start Cyber Negative Campaigning For Upcoming Election

LDP's Logo dpj_logo

On Tuesday, Japanese prime minister Taro Aso[J] dissolved the lower house of parliament for the upcoming general election which is set for August 30th.   Representative candidates are forced to fight against their competitors and to appeal their policies to potential voters under the shining summer sun.

All political parties are now more aggressive than ever in using Internet to appeal their policies.   The ruling Liberal Democratic Party made an animation in which a man resembling the head of the opposition Democratic Party who seduces a woman and tries to marry her.

Man: I can make you happier than your current man.   Won’t you switch to me?   A wonderful rosy life is waiting for you.   You can depend on me for child care expenses, elderly care expenses – whatever.   No matter how many times you drive a car on any expressway at anytime, you are never requested to pay the bill.

(Author’s note: The Democratic Party sets forth reducing taxpayer’s burden for public services and welfare as one of their policies.)

Woman: Are you all right financially?

Man: I’ll consider the details once we are married.

Narration: Can you entrust your life to groundless confidence?   The Liberal Democratic Party – We give you well-grounded options.

Meanwhile, the opposition Democratic Party introduced today a new flash-based game app for cellphone, which is for competing the time to get to the prime minister’s public residence and to take over the administration. (Go to http://mobile.dpj.or.jp from your mobile for the app)

DPJ's Mobile App

All parties are making desperate efforts to attract swing voters – usually they’re young and relatively better at collecting information on the Internet.

Manga Avatar Candidate Goes For National Election

Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo

Fumiya Satoh, a manga artist who draws a boy detective story “Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo” which has been sold 80 million copies, who is also a director of culture of the Happiness Realization Party, had a press announcement of her running for coming national election of the house of representative with blotting out herself with her drawing character with voice actress video.

She says (actually wrote scripts read by the voice actress) criticizes her planned opponent, a manga-fan prime minister Taro Aso and his Liberal Democratic Party policy in the video by telling it would be a manga fan and manga author’s competition.

Japanese people are known by their tendency to prefer being anonymous, but running national election campaign with manga character is uncommon at all. I have never heard similar case before.

The Happiness Realization Party was formed this year by a buddhism-based new religious organization “Koufuku no Kagaku” (Happy Science), to aim to win the national election, as they say. The party seems to utilize YouTube and other web media for this election.