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!
Colin Powell’s Advice for Japanese Youth: Eat Protein: Over the last decade, the term “herbivore” (草食系男子) has been used to describe young Japanese men who are less macho and more metro, less into acting tough and more into fashion and the finer things in life. In a recent Japanese interview with former American four-star general Colin Powell, you get the feeling that the meaning might have been lost in translation, as the general has suggested that the Japanese eat more protein. It’s not as if Mr. Powell is any sort of expert on nutrition, but since he’s a general I guess they should listen.
Giant Squid Captured on Video for First Time: The giant squid has captured humanity’s imagination for centuries, but has long eluded any serious study or documentation. That’s all changed, as NHK and the Discovery Channel have made history by capturing the first ever footage of a giant squid in its natural habitat. The only problem is that they won’t be showing the footage until 2013! NHK, you tease! [via Boing Boing]
‘Tax Handsome Men, Increase Birthrate’ Says Economic Analyst: Japan has long been struggling with its declining birthrate, but one man thinks he has the answer: tax good-looking, wealthy, and charming men. The analyst says that by taxing handsome men, ugly men will have a more fair chance in life. How this exactly will make people in Japan want to have more kids is a bit unclear to me, but it’s perhaps unsurprising that the analyst who proposed this idea doesn’t exactly fit in to any of these categories.
UFO Crash Off Reported Off Japan Coast Sparks Media Interest, But Did It Really Happen?: It’s no secret that there’s been a ton of concrete, completely unprovable, scientific evidence that aliens have visited Japan. Now there’s even more proof: multiple outlets have been reporting that a UFO crashed off of the coast of Okinawa last week. Sure, some people are saying that it “never happened,” and that the alleged photographic proof of the UFO is actually “a picture of a lens flare,” but that’s just what they want you to believe. The truth is out there! [via News On Japan]