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(Japan Today)   To curb waste, Japan recommends local governments cull roster of unneeded mascots. "In one case, a single mascot suit cost 1.38 million yen, while in another, a pair that cost 380,000 yen were used for just four events in a year"   (japantoday.com) divider line 60
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2014-07-05 10:13:00 PM
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Why does the Tokyo PD need a mascot?
 
2014-07-05 10:42:35 PM
A yen is worth about one cent, so, those figures aren't quite as big as they may seem.
 
2014-07-05 10:46:15 PM

TuteTibiImperes: A yen is worth about one tenth of one cent, so, those figures aren't quite as big as they may seem.

 
2014-07-05 10:47:19 PM
Drink like typing (and math) detected.
 
2014-07-05 11:28:44 PM
img.fark.net
This makes me a saaaaaaaddddd panda.
 
2014-07-05 11:34:47 PM
This is the same government that is doing everything it can to try to increase consumption spending. Silly Keynesians.
 
2014-07-05 11:40:24 PM
www.japanla.com

Kittens will overrun the nation!
 
2014-07-06 12:13:23 AM

TheOther: [www.japanla.com image 505x377]

Kittens will overrun the nation!


hey you bastage, domo-kun is a legit mascot, not paid for by government money!
www.andyandnoreen.com
 
2014-07-06 12:53:46 AM
A mascot to soften the jail's image, that is what the supermax prisons need
 
2014-07-06 01:36:01 AM
www.letsjapan.markmode.com
 
2014-07-06 04:51:18 AM
My learning disorder prevents me from adequately comprehending this concise, masterfully crafted headline.

/Or, DAFUQ did I just read.
//Either works.
 
2014-07-06 04:55:24 AM
$3800 spent by local government as a eye candy for 4 events a year ($1000 per event) is a cause for national concern?

Well, I guess some nations are just misers.
 
2014-07-06 04:55:43 AM

Gecko Gingrich: TuteTibiImperes: A yen is worth about one tenth of one cent, so, those figures aren't quite as big as they may seem.


It's currently about 102 yen to 1 dollar. 1 yen = 1 US cent.
 
2014-07-06 05:01:57 AM

Bucky Katt:


I don't know why, but that image gives me vibes of the mascot just coming out of rehab, or leaving the hospital after suffering a stroke.


As for the mascot suits, isn't there any resale value?
Maybe some high-end furries will take them off your hands.

/if there is such a thing
 
2014-07-06 05:06:36 AM

Grahor: $3800 spent by local government as a eye candy for 4 events a year ($1000 per event) is a cause for national concern?


I know of a woman that spends that amount yearly on her dog.
 
2014-07-06 05:20:58 AM

Korb: Gecko Gingrich: TuteTibiImperes: A yen is worth about one tenth of one cent, so, those figures aren't quite as big as they may seem.

It's currently about 102 yen to 1 dollar. 1 yen = 1 US cent.


That's held since the 90s. As a used book guy I was introduced to the idea long ago, just chop the last two zeros off and you're in the ballpark of the exchange rate. And yes, even in Dallas I see plenty of items cover priced in Yen, although I only price in used Q-tips.
 
2014-07-06 05:22:27 AM

dj_bigbird: [img.fark.net image 640x480]

Why does the Tokyo PD need a mascot?


Is it the lighting or have they been using that thing as the centerpiece of a bukkake party?
 
2014-07-06 05:23:39 AM
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2014-07-06 05:28:38 AM
Need less mascots.
jto.s3.amazonaws.com
and more people.
jto.s3.amazonaws.com
Power to the people.
 
2014-07-06 05:31:15 AM
pedobearcostumes.weebly.com
 
2014-07-06 05:42:05 AM
This is how you can spend your money when you don't have to pay for aircraft carriers and fighter jets. Do you really want to be a nation that spends public money on COSPLAY?!?

I'm not even sure what my point was now. Oh well, nighties.
 
2014-07-06 06:00:59 AM

Gecko Gingrich: TuteTibiImperes: A yen is worth about one tenth of one cent, so, those figures aren't quite as big as they may seem.


Where did you get that information from?  ¥100 roughly equals $1.  ¥1000 is $10.  I live in Japan and have exchanged money back and forth.  One yen absolutely does not equal a tenth of a cent, that's ridiculous.  Check www.xe.com if you don't believe me.

As for the mascots, there really are too many of them here.  Every prefecture has at least one, many cities have one and there are "unofficial" mascots representing areas as well.  These giant suits show up at all sorts of celebrations and events, are brought as "guests" onto talk shows and have collectible merchandise that quite a few kids (and adults) enjoy buying. I don't really get it, but it's been a regular thing for quite a long time.
 
2014-07-06 06:03:57 AM

johnsoninca: [img.fark.net image 480x360]
This makes me a sadu panada-san.


FTFY.
 
2014-07-06 06:04:07 AM
So in Japan, Rob Ford would already be out of a job.
 
2014-07-06 07:05:09 AM
Radiation poisoning does some really weird shiat.
 
2014-07-06 07:08:59 AM
There are way too many characters. This year's Yuru-Kyara popularity vote had about 3,500 official government backed characters. They should use the vote to axe the least liked characters.
 
2014-07-06 07:29:57 AM

Grahor: $3800 spent by local government as a eye candy for 4 events a year ($1000 per event) is a cause for national concern?

Well, I guess some nations are just misers.


Seems pretty tame compared to tourism and city logo contracts in the US.  My city paid about $100,000 to redesign their logo.   That doesn't count the expense of changing letterheads and envelopes and signs and shiat.  That was what the "design firm" got.

The old one was working just fine.

I recently saw a news piece about how Kansas and Alaska spent similar amounts on slogans to encourage tourism and they both failed miserably.

Somehow, people in the US just expect this from government
 
2014-07-06 08:01:55 AM

dj_bigbird: TheOther: [www.japanla.com image 505x377]

Kittens will overrun the nation!

hey you bastage, domo-kun is a legit mascot, not paid for by government money!
[www.andyandnoreen.com image 640x480]


NHK is the NATIONAL Television comany and revenue is based in part on mandatory TV licenses like with the BBC.
 
2014-07-06 08:03:17 AM
Also we need more KUMAMON in this thread.

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2014-07-06 08:05:03 AM
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2014-07-06 08:05:40 AM
cdn.gagbay.com
 
2014-07-06 08:13:20 AM
And of course the famous Tokyo Tower buttplugs.

img.fark.net


Sadly, the even more phallic Tokyo Sky Tree doesn't have a shaped mascot.
 
2014-07-06 08:14:15 AM
ashleeoverseas.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-07-06 08:17:33 AM

Nick Nostril: Radiation poisoning does some really weird shiat.


LOL!

literally. Thanks for the laugh!
 
2014-07-06 08:24:59 AM
I'm working on a mascot to promote the dangers of auto-erotic self-asphyxiation in a fun, kid-friendly manner.

I'm going to call him "Scarfy."
 
2014-07-06 08:47:07 AM

Milo Minderbinder: I'm working on a mascot to promote the dangers of auto-erotic self-asphyxiation in a fun, kid-friendly manner.


mentalfloss.com
 
2014-07-06 08:47:27 AM

doglover:


Seriously... someone, somewhere in Japan is wanking off to that... Cause, Japanese reasons.

Also,

"Hello little girl, did you know a soft rubber toy version of me can be used for some fun and games with you and your friends in their tight... fitting... short skirted... *dials cell phone* oh god, Pedo Bear san, I'm having the urges again, please help me. I'm just so phallic and so many nubile young girls, I'm gonna crawl out of my skin here!"
 
2014-07-06 08:50:17 AM
Don't nobody try to un-Japan Japan. They are perfect the way they are. MORE MASCOTS!
 
2014-07-06 08:50:52 AM

strangeluck: doglover:

Seriously... someone, somewhere in Japan is wanking off to that... Cause, Japanese reasons.

Also,

"Hello little girl, did you know a soft rubber toy version of me can be used for some fun and games with you and your friends in their tight... fitting... short skirted... *dials cell phone* oh god, Pedo Bear san, I'm having the urges again, please help me. I'm just so phallic and so many nubile young girls, I'm gonna crawl out of my skin here!"


My body is ready!

sociorocketnewsen.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-07-06 08:51:32 AM

fusillade762: This is how you can spend your money when you don't have to pay for aircraft carriers and fighter jets. Do you really want to be a nation that spends public money on COSPLAY?!?


Not just cosplay. It has the potential to get so,  so much worse.

Japanese.

Furries.

Mull that combination over in your mind and just try not to recoil compulsively from the imagined personification. Just don't overdo the eye bleach.
 
2014-07-06 08:57:23 AM

doglover: strangeluck: doglover:

Seriously... someone, somewhere in Japan is wanking off to that... Cause, Japanese reasons.

Also,

"Hello little girl, did you know a soft rubber toy version of me can be used for some fun and games with you and your friends in their tight... fitting... short skirted... *dials cell phone* oh god, Pedo Bear san, I'm having the urges again, please help me. I'm just so phallic and so many nubile young girls, I'm gonna crawl out of my skin here!"

My body is ready!


I could go on, but I might get over excited and write out a full length Japanese erotica story featuring various Fark mascots.
 
2014-07-06 08:58:30 AM
Keep this guy, he is hardcore


37.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-07-06 09:00:12 AM

Shanghai_Flyer: Keep this guy, he is hardcore


I'm assuming that suit had to be thoroughly cleaned after they filmed that, especially in the pants area.
 
2014-07-06 09:03:10 AM

dj_bigbird: [img.fark.net image 640x480]

Why does the Tokyo PD need a mascot?


You do know American police have their own mascots out there, right?  Those goofy characters they send to schools to talk about drugs, alcohol, and sometimes fire safety.  And to not be forgotten, the aging officer who can't chase a suspect anymore who has the title of School Liaison Officer.  When I say can't chase a suspect anymore, I also mean can't shoot a dog the same way anymore.
 
2014-07-06 09:13:45 AM

Shanghai_Flyer: Keep this guy, he is hardcore


[37.media.tumblr.com image 400x150]


That's Funashi.  To my knowledge, it's the only mascot to ever wind up in trouble over comments made to local media outlets.
 
2014-07-06 09:23:31 AM

NotTooLittleRichard: Shanghai_Flyer: Keep this guy, he is hardcore


[37.media.tumblr.com image 400x150]

That's Funashi.  To my knowledge, it's the only mascot to ever wind up in trouble over comments made to local media outlets.


Supposedly a "pear fairy", Funashi has been one of Japan's most controversial "yuru-kyara" mascots, since first appearing in 2011, due to the fact that the character was not endorsed by the city of Funabashi, nor any tourism organisations. However, following several eccentric performances on Japanese television, Funasshii has finally won the hearts of the Japanese people.
 
2014-07-06 09:51:39 AM

FetusAGoGo: There are way too many characters. This year's Yuru-Kyara popularity vote had about 3,500 official government backed characters. They should use the vote to axe the least liked characters.


I'm thinking Thunderdome.  Two mascots enter; one mascot leaves.

Hell, the PPV rights will let it pay for itself.
 
2014-07-06 11:00:20 AM

FetusAGoGo: There are way too many characters. This year's Yuru-Kyara popularity vote had about 3,500 official government backed characters. They should use the vote to axe the least liked characters.


Or they should all combine into one giant, friend to all children.
 
2014-07-06 11:08:26 AM
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2014-07-06 11:17:30 AM

doglover: NotTooLittleRichard: Shanghai_Flyer: Keep this guy, he is hardcore


[37.media.tumblr.com image 400x150]

That's Funashi.  To my knowledge, it's the only mascot to ever wind up in trouble over comments made to local media outlets.

Supposedly a "pear fairy", Funashi has been one of Japan's most controversial "yuru-kyara" mascots, since first appearing in 2011, due to the fact that the character was not endorsed by the city of Funabashi, nor any tourism organisations. However, following several eccentric performances on Japanese television, Funasshii has finally won the hearts of the Japanese people.


That was totally written by a salaryman mascot apologist.
 
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