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!
Facebook cracking down on cosplay-related duplicate accounts: Bad news, cosplayers: Facebook is beginning to delete the profiles of cosplayers’ alternate identities. The company is trying harder and harder to make sure that all profiles are real people using their real names, which means that those with alternate profiles (like cosplayers) are in the crosshairs. Guess that means that my lolita profile is in danger too. Damn you, Facebook!
Japanese Startup Offers Free Underwear:
It seems like there’s no shortage of startup companies with novel ideas these days, and Japan is certainly part of that. A new website, free-pants.jp
, offers you a week’s worth of undies for free
with small catch: the underwear has advertisements on them. The one upside is that you get to choose what kind
of ads show up on your underoos. They might not be your garment of choice during a romantic encounter.
Photos: Japan Throws Olympic Athletes a Heroes’ Parade:
It seems like iconic, city-wide parades praising national heroes don’t really happen much anymore. Imagine my surprise then, when Japan held a parade for its Olympic athletes in Tokyo. It’s enough to warm even this old cynic’s heart.
Japanese Musician’s Million Dollar Violin Seized at German Customs:
Due to a bit of a mix up at German customs, a million dollar violin was seized from Japanese musician Yuzuko Horigome while flying back from Japan. The bad news? German officials are asking for €380,000, or about $475,000. The good news? Some German customs official is going to have a bright future as a violinist. [via Japan Realtime
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