Every Sunday we gather the week’s weird and interesting Japanese news and present it to you in our Sunday News column. It might not always be hard-hitting news, but we hope that it still informs and entertains you. Enjoy!
[threecol_two]Katy Perry Wants to Skin Japanese People and ‘Wear Them Like Versace’: Some people like Japanese culture, and that’s cool. Then there are people who take their love of Japan to a weird, kind of creepy level. Take for example, US pop star Katy Perry, whose love of Japan treads into Hannibal Lecter territory. It puts the lotion on the skin, or else it gets California Gurls again.[/threecol_two] [threecol_one_last]Japanese Politicians Seriously Consider Building a Gundam: If anime is becoming the blueprint for Japanese military policy, then what can we expect next? A spaceship named “Yamato?” A government program for “pocket monsters?” Only time will tell.
A Classic Japanese Chair, Remade For Big American Behinds: You might have seen the Japanese-designed “rabbit ears” chair, a brightly colorful and almost instantly-recognizable design. Well now, the classic design has been redone for the US market, making it wider, to accommodate fat American behinds. USA! USA![/threecol_one_last]
[threecol_one]Plane spotting takes off as latest fad among women: More and more Japanese women are fawning over airplanes becoming, for lack of a better phrase, plane otaku. These women spend their spare time photographing, learning about, and riding airplanes, once again proving that while plane spotting as been an overwhelming male-dominated hobby, women can be just as dweeby. [via Reddit]
Dog droppings get out of hand so city eyes tax:What do you do when dog droppings become a problem in your city? In Osaka’s case, you tax the shit out of it. After dozens of negligent dog owners have failed to scoop their dogs’ poops, the city of Osaka in considering a new tax to pay for the clean up. But Osaka’s new law raises a question: is it a tax, or is it a penalty? [via Reddit][/threecol_one] [threecol_two_last]
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