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Mcdonald’s Retro Ad Bewitched Lookalike

Mcdonald's Japan TV commercial resembles USA TV classic Bewitched


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A new Mcdonald’s TV commercial depicts a 1960’s American scenario that seems to be featuring the witch Samantha from the TV show Bewitched. In the ad, "Samantha" serves a single Quarter Pounder Bacon & BBQ burger to a birthday party consisting of 6 kids. Her husband "Darren" and another woman (possibly nosey neighbor Gladys Kravitz) watches the fun. Everyone claps when the burger is served.


Samantha Stevens Elizabeth Montgomery Bewitched in Mcdonalds Japan TV commercial

The character of Samantha Stevens was played by Elizabeth Montgomery and Bewitched was broadcast in the USA from 1964- 1972. The Bewitched TV showed aired in Japan as "Okusama wa Majo" from 1966-1970 and reruns are currently broadcast twice a week on Japan’s public TV channel NHK. A Japanese version of Bewitched was aired in 2004 on TBS-TV.

1978 Mcdonald’s Japan TV Commercial

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Tokyo Monkey Maybe Moved To Osaka

Monkey in Osaka, Ota city may be the Shibuya monkey.A monkey scampered through a residential neighborhood in Ibaraki City, Osaka prefecture, and ate a dried persimmon.

A passerby called police around 2:30 p.m. Feb. 13. "There is a big ape in the East Ota neighborhood," the woman told police. The Japanese macaque monkey snacked while police kept watch. The police pursued the monkey as it scampered along rooftops and power lines.

Around 5 p.m., the monkey jumped onto the Hankyu Kyoto Line railroad tracks and fled across the border into the Takatsuki City limits. The police lost sight of the monkey.

It is unclear if the Ibaraki City monkey is, or is related to, the Tokyo Shibuya monkey. If the Shibuya monkey travelled to Ibaraki City by train, it would have had to pass unnoticed through several stations, a difficult task for a dirty, smelly, yen-less, stressed monkey.

Route of monkey escape in Ota city, Japan The appearance of a second monkey running wild in an urban area in Japan could be cause for concern. The Shibuya monkey apparently is stealing food and supplies. The Ibaraki City monkey stole a persimmon. The Shibuya monkey uses Tokyo train routes without paying fares. The Ibaraki City monkey also utilized public transportation facilities. An influx of lawbreaking, mass-transit-riding impish monkeys would divert police from other efforts, such as their never-ending campaign to inform every person over the age of 65, in person, twice, about frauds targeting the elderly.

The Ibaraki City monkey is on the police Most Wanted list for fruit theft now. Scientific studies have proven that stealing persimmons leads to a desire for stronger fruit – fresh ume and aomikan for example. The monkey could eventually become addicted to ginnan nuts.

Perhaps police have reason to worry. If the Ibaraki monkey teams with the Shibuya monkey, it would be another organized crime gang to be put down. The monkeys could take over the illegal ginnan nut trade.

We don’t believe the lovable Shibuya monkey could turn to a life of crime. However, if the two meet, the influence of the Ibaraki monkey may be too strong. Monkeys high on wild ginnan may dare to call senior citizens, convince them a relative is a monkey, and swindle cash for the monkey’s ultimate fix: bananas.

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Nothing To Eat

Falsified Tainted or Aged?

Food safety and mislabeling scandals in Japan, in alphabetical order.

No food safe in Japn scandals.

Meat Hope president gets 4 years for scam (2008-03-20)
SAPPORO (The Asahi Shimbun) - The district court here Wednesday handed a four-year prison term to the president of Meat Hope Co. for defrauding clients and consumers by mislabelling its products…The company, based in Tomakomai, southern Hokkaido, is now undergoing bankruptcy proceedings. According to the ruling, Minoru Tanaka, 69, ordered his factory to add minced pork, chicken and lamb to products that were supposedly only made of beef.

Police investigate beef mislabeling (2008-07-09)  
YORO, Gifu Prefecture (IHT/Asahi) - Police searched the offices of meat packer Maruaki here and elsewhere Tuesday in connection with an alleged false labeling racket. Police said the company passed off low-quality beef as high-end Hida-brand produce, in violation of the Unfair Competition Prevention Law. Maruaki President Akiichi Yoshida admitted last month that he had instructed false labeling of grades and processing dates, as well as making meat products using ground beef past its expiry date.related: Insult to meat consumers: Meat Hope

Boxed lunch on the train
15 mil. ‘expired’ food items sold on JR shinkansen bullet trains (2008-03-16)
TOKYO - A catering subsidiary of Central Japan Railway Co. said Tuesday that it sold an estimated 15 million food items with expired dates for safe consumption on shinkansen bullet and other trains. JR-Central Passenger Co. has received no complaints of health problems stemming from the ”expired” box lunches, sandwiches and other food items but company President Takeshi Tategami apologized for ”undermining public trust,” saying the false labeling ”became habitual due to familiarization of the process.”

JR Tokai’s caterer admits selling old ‘bento,’ sandwiches (2008-02-08)
(Japan Times) - A catering subsidiary of Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said it recently sold about 15,900 expired "bento" (boxed lunches), sandwiches and other food items at train stations and on bullet trains after deliberately extending their expiry times by several hours.

Japanese food scandals variety.
Cakes, cream puffs
Head of Japan’s Fujiya resigns in food scandal (2007-01-15)
TOKYO (Reuters) - The president of Japanese cake maker and retailer Fujiya Co. Ltd.on Monday said he would resign to take responsibility after the company sold cream puffs and other pastries made from stale ingredients. … Fujiya has admitted to shipping products made with old eggs, cream and milk at least 18 times over the past seven years. It also said it supplied pastries last year that were later discovered to contain unacceptable levels of bacteria.


Life NHK News Style

If NHK reported your daily life. When a taxi driver is mugged, a person sleeps through a burglary, or a screw falls off an aircraft’s landing gear door, NHK’s charts, graphs, arrows, experts and computer generated images will show you exactly how it happened.?Life According NHK TV News 7.