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Train gropers flagged with smartphone sticker stamper

Police department in Japan issues anti-molester sticker that stamps perpetrator on hand

 

 Railway police in a Tokyo suburb are handing out free stickers that use red ink to identify molesters caught on trains.

The "Molester Deterence Seal" (in Japanese "Chikan Seal") is a 2-ply peel-off sticker intended to be put on smartphones. The 1.5 centimeter diameter sticker is applied to the back of a smartphone. The outer image layer warns perverts "Don’t Touch Me." Police suggest that the warning be flashed first at molesters. If the molester continues, the victim can flip the phone over, peel off the top layer of the sticker with a fingernail to reveal a red-inked "X", and stamp the pervert’s hand, leaving an indelible red X on the top of the hand of the suspected perp.

According to police, many girls and women who have been touched inappropriately on trains refrain from shouting or otherwise identifying the culprit.

 

Chikan Seal train molester red ink marks hand in Japan

The free anti-molester mobile phone sticker-stampers can be obtained upon request at Saitama Prefecture police offices in train stations. Distribution began in January. Saitama Prefecture police also distribute the sticker and other anti-molester educational materials in junior high schools.

Police say the red X on a suspect’s hand, along with security camera footage and witnesses can help identify molesters.

 

Unofficial Chikan Seal train groper sticker for sale Police departments use cute in Japan crackdown on train gropers

Similar "unofficial" chikan-stop-groper stickers are also being sold online. One 3-piece "Molester Repel Seal "sticker pack" has the words "Don’t touch me" in English and Japanese printed around a manga-style female face. Another unofficial anti-pervert sticker set features a cute cat and a "no symbol" over a molester’s hand.

 

photos: osaka police; Aichi police; Hyogo police; Miyagi police; Kanagawa police; Chiba police; Tokyo police; Tokyo police; Tokyo police; Tokushima police; Fukuoka police

 

3D breasts popping up on gadget accessories; Big thumb swipe - personal parts popular in Japan

 

Handy tablet thumb stylus, pointy stick-on teeth and other gadgets and products that look like body parts help Japanese have a convenient and happy daily life.

 

mouse pad with 3D breasts thumb size finger stylus extender for tablets and smartphones

All thumbs not the same

A thumb-shaped slip-on stylus extender that provides more thumb and makes it easier for small hands to navigate the new big-screen smartphones and other devices is just the latest body part-inspired product made in Japan.

The prosthetic Yubi Nobiru thumb stylus is made by novelty goods maker Sanko and sells for JPY 1480. The finger debuted in May this year but has attracted attention now due to the debut of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus which has a 5.5-inch screen.

 

Smartphone case breasts soft and squeezable

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A phone case for the iPhone 5s which features a female manga image and her embossed breasts lets fans have a squeeze when they use their phones. One line of cases features a manga "maid", a "sister", a "childhood friend", and an "older next door neighbor." Other cases feature anime characters. The iPhone 5s bust case costs between JPY 1200 ~ JPY 3200.
 

Mousepad has bulging bosom hand wrest

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Computer mousepads with 3D wrist wrests shaped like breasts, buttocks, and the inner thighs or the crotches of hentai characters are also available in Japan. Many of the weighty busts are attached to mousepad photos of popular gravure idols or anime and manga characters. A mousepad with boobs and pictures of some members of the popular girl group AKB48 sells for JPY 2400.
 

Crooked tooth from dentist or DIY kit in JapanGirls teeth in Japan look like vampire fangs

Vampire teeth desirable

Imperfect teeth are common in Japan and the so-called "Yaeba Look" (snaggletooth) on women is considered to be attractive and cute by some people. Women in Japan who have perfect teeth can have a dental procedure to obtain the pointy yaeba tooth appearance. A less expensive method of getting cute teeth is to buy a DIY kit that contains mold powder and a pair of "vampire teeth." The user makes a mold of the real tooth, then sets the fake tooth into the mold, trims the dry assembly, and slips the fake tooth over the real tooth in the mouth. The Magical Tooth yaeba-make kit costs about JPY 2500.

 

Rest head in lady’s lap

Pillow for men looks like mini skirt woman kneeling Men lay head in crotch of ladies lap cushion pillow in Japan

The Hizamakura Lap Pillow is a foam pillow that looks like the legs of a kneeling woman. The pillow’s waist and hips is attired in a miniskirt. The pillow is made by Trane Corp. and debuted in the early 2000s. The legs of the original Hizamakura had a smooth skin-like texture. The foam legs of the new version are covered in a softer material, and the pillow is available in small and large size laps. The miniskirt model costs about JPY 9000. Trane also sells a leggy lap pillow wearing a "sexy china dress" slit skirt for JPY 12800.

 

Internal components

Japanese artist Megumi Igarishi offers 3D printer plans of her vagina

Japanese artist Megumi Igarishi has posted data that can be used with a 3D printer to create a likeness of her genitals. The artist specializes in "vagina art" and is seeking support for her "mold pussy" full-size boat project.

Silicone breasts on full size body

It seems an entire polyurethane and plastic female body could be assembled from consumer goods sold at retail outlets in Japan.

But if a DIY female is too troublesome, a ready made sex toy "Dutch Wife" may be satisfactory. Oriental Industry makes realistic, life-size female dolls from high-quality silicone, which feature lifelike skin and realistic eyes, and options for breast-size, facial expression, hand pose, hair styles and "under hair" preferences. Fully loaded, the dolls can cost up to JPY 600,000. (sex doll photos)

 
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Weather girls go watch guerilla thunderstorms

The Worlds Largest Weather Geek Community A TV weather channel in Japan has added staff "Guerilla Thunderstorm Girls" to its volunteer force of citizens who report weather conditions around the country.

A "guerilla storm" refers to a severe thunderstorm which occurs with little warning – and is hard for forecasters to predict – and which has the potential for heavy downpours, high winds and tornadoes.

Weathernews has utilized volunteers nationwide to monitor the weather and developing thunderstorms since 2008. The 50,000 "Guerilla Thunderstorm Guards" use the "Guerilla Thunderstorm Defender" smartphone app to report conditions and send images and video of cloud formations and rainfall to Weathernews, which displays the reports online and in broadcasts. Viewers can also register to receive special weather alert emails on their phones.

Weathernews is able to direct volunteers to storm areas up to 30-minutes in advance of possible guerilla downpours.

The channel has now introduced a special team of Guerilla Thunderstorm Girls – some of the weather report anchors – who are sent out to observe the clouds where there is a possibility of a guerrilla thunderstorm.

The team is outfitted with ponchos imprinted with the slogan "The World [sic] Largest Weather Geek Community."

 

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Bicycle helmet hat combo appeals to elderly bike riders

Caphor brand bicycle helmet with removable hat for elderly bike riders in Japan Bicycle helmets with removable, stylish hats have been created to entice elderly Japanese to wear a helmet when riding a bike. The hats are designed so they can also be worn without the helmet.

Bicycle helmets are rarely worn by the elderly in Japan. Seniors say they’d like to wear safety helmets, but the helmets are uncomfortable. Elderly cyclists also say they are embarrassed about wearing traditional bike helmets.

A national law requires only bicyclists under the age of 13 to wear a helmet, whether alone or when riding as passengers with a parent on a bicycle. Some municipalities have enacted local laws that require all bicyclists to wear a helmet. In 2013, Ehime Prefecture, with its numerous scenic bike paths, enacted a law requiring cyclists of all ages to wear a helmet.

 

The Japanese government advises adults to wear a helmet when cycling, but it is uncommon to see adult cyclists wearing helmets as they run errands by bicycle on city streets. Although when the activity is recreational riding, along a riverside path for example, bike riders wearing helmets can be seen.

 

Bicycle helmets with detachable hat for elderly cyclists in Japan The Tokyo Foundation for Employment Services, which provides employment opportunities to the elderly, asked Nippon Parade, a manufacturer of caps and costumes for marching bands, to develop a bicycle helmet that would be attractive to the elderly. Nippon Parade, which was looking for new business opportunities, developed a hat-helmet concept. The company had the skills and design equipment which allowed it to create a lightweight helmet and a selection of fashionable hats that are easy to remove from the helmet.

 

 

Bicycle helmet and removable hat for Japanese senior citizen bicycle riders The hat covers the helmet, and a quick-release system frees the hat from the helmet. The hat can be worn by itself.

According to Manabu Ito, president of Nippon Parade, more than 6% of deaths aged 65 and older in in the metropolitan area are caused by bike accidents, and head injury accounts for nearly 7% of the bike accident deaths. Nippon Parade makes helmets that meet strict strict international safety standards, and offers 10 types of fashionable detachable hats.

The helmets, start at JPY 7,580, and are sold by Nippon Parade online, cycling shops, and major electronics retailers.

 

Cremation ash urns use rack retrieval storage and ID card access

Private viewing booth at indoor tomb at Dentouin Akasaka Jouen in TokyoBuddhist temples in Japan that have run out of graveyard space for tombs are turning to high-tech storage solutions for ashes of the deceased.

In Japan, cremation is the norm and remains of the dead are kept in urns stored in a stone tomb on a family plot in a graveyard. The outdoor tombs have limited space for expansion. Rather than using the traditional method where each urn is displayed in a permanent spot, the new columbariums store the ashes out of site on multilevel racks, and then use a mechanical system to bring the urns out when loved ones come to visit. These storage racks have been installed in existing buildings on temple grounds, or specially designed facilities located on the grounds, or in temple-run buildings located off-site.

 

Unryuin temple in Kyoto is one location that offers computer-controlled movable storage of ash urns. Similar to an ATM, a contactless ID card and touchscreen control the functions of the indoor altar. Glass partitions create booth-like private spaces for privacy. The price of the perpetual memorial starts at JPY 893,000 which includes management fees, temple fees, biannual prayer service and a steady supply of flowers and incense.

 

Contactless ID card opens indoor tomb door at Dentouin Akasaka Jouen in Tokyo Row of partitions dividing cremated remains storage areas at cemetery Dentouin Akasaka Jouen in Tokyo, Japan Private viewing booth at indoor tomb at Dentouin Akasaka Jouen in Tokyo

 

Some of these high tech vaults add to the ambiance by displaying a photo of the loved one accompanied by music when transporting the urn out of storage.

 

Computer Controlled Automatic Cremation Urn Transfer System Toyota Industries Corp Computer Controlled Automatic Cremation Urn Transfer System Komyoji temple rein in Japan

Ryogoku-Ryouen mausoleum in Tokyo
 

The Computer Controlled Automatic Cremation Urn Transfer System was developed and manufactured by Toyota Industries Corporation. Storage of 7000 urns is possible in a structure on a 50 square meter site. (more…)

Train groper impersonates victim on pervert exchange BBS

Man masquerading as target woman asks to be fondled

In April a man fondled a 23-year-old woman on the JR Wakayama Line in Osaka prefecture. The victim protested and when the train stopped the woman grabbed the guy and turned him into the station police. The 49-year-old suspect claimed that the woman had posted a fondling invitation on a "Pervert Exhange" BBS online and that he was only taking advantage of her request. He was released from custody.

The police continued to investigate and on July 9 re-arrested the suspect on suspicion of violating the prefectural prohibition of obscene acts law. The police say the suspect posed as the victim online and invited men to fondle her. Additional charges are pending.

"Pervert Exchange" (AKA:"Chikan Play") sites are free, legal internet bulletin boards where people who want to be fondled can meet fondlers. The sites openly assist mutual-consent fondling. If a participant later claimed he or she was the subject of a criminal fondling act, legal experts say it would be difficult to prosecute the case.

According to the police, the suspect in the April incident had stalked the victim, noted her commuting routine, and then, posing as the woman, posted the details on a chikan play website. Masquerading as the woman, and using a false name, the man described "herself" and her attire and stated that she usually doesn’t like to be groped on the train but on April 30 she would be in the mood for being touched. She included her location on the train and asked men to fondle her. On the train, the man found the woman and fondled her.

Real-time fondling GPS

Police say the man had also previously posted "real time" fondling location data. In this method, instead of learning the female target’s train travelling times in advance, the suspect had spotted his target victim in a train car and immediately gone online posing as the target and saying "she" was available for fondling. She indicated the train line, her attire and her location on the train.

Men who use the chikan play websites and who desire to fondle women on trains can check the website while commuting by train in the hopes of finding a woman’s groping invitation on the same train.

 

CGI reenactment:

Translation of Japanese message suspect posted on fondler’s website: "I want to be touched. I take the JR Wakayama Line and I get on the train at Kokawa station at 7:10 AM. The train has 4 carriages and I always get in the second carriage or the last carriage. My face has a normal expression. I’m a little chubby. I put my makeup on in the train so you can spot me. I have large breasts and sensitive nipples. I want you to touch me softly. If there is time, I want you to touch me directly and lick me. Somebody please fondle me." (signed) Yu-san…Yui

 

Train stations: Don’t look at mobile phone while walking

Poster in train station Tokyo do not walk and look at your smartphonePeople are being asked to not use mobile phones while walking in train stations in Tokyo. The transport ministry and railway companies began the effort after a 5th grade elementary school boy who was walking and looking at his smartphone accidentally stepped off the platform and onto the train tracks at Tokyo’s Yotsuya Station on May 27.

The boy fell 1.1 meters onto the tracks at the same time that a train was pulling into the station. The train came to a stop before reaching the boy, who had dived into the open space under the platform. The boy suffered minor injuries from the fall.

East Japan Railway Company (JR) officials say collisions between people walking while looking at their mobile phones has increased steadily the past three years.

On June 10, JR placed "Don’t use your phones or look at game devices while walking" posters in 520 stations in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Station announcements also ask people not to use mobile phones or handheld game players while walking. The mobile phone safety awareness campaign will run until July 31.

 

 

People walking while looking at their smartphone in Shinjuku station in Tokyo People walk and looking at their mobile phones in Shibuya station in Tokyo

 

photos: Shinjuku station, Tokyo Shibuya station, Tokyo

Surveillance cameras in Japan watch your private places

Security cameras for a safe Japan

madarao kogen hot springs Japan changing room security camera Surveillance camera on top of soft drink vending machine in Japan Surveillance camera on a Saitama bus in Tokyo, Japan
above (left) Security camera in hot springs changing room at a hotel at Madarao Kogen hot springs, Nagano Prefecture Japan. (center) On a vending machine. (right) Surveillance camera in a bus.
 

No surveillance camera in kokugikan sumo hall September 2009 Surveillance camera in kokugikan sumo hall September 2009
above (left) 2009 - No surveillance camera in Kokugikan sumo hall. (right) 2012 - Surveillance camera in Kokugikan sumo hall.

Security cameras at the sumo hall

The Japan Sumo Association setup ‘‘mob-cams” surveillance cameras in the Aichi-ken Taiikukan arena in Nagoya for the July 2010 sumo tournament. The effort is to prevent gangsters (yakuza) from attending sumo matches.

Organized crime links to sumo were exposed in late 2009 and again in early 2010.

Gangsters were reportedly extorting money from the sumo wrestler Kotomitsuki, the highest ranked Japanese wrestler at the time.

 

Tickets usually given to corporate sponsors had been obtained by the Yamaguchi-gumi crime syndicate and gang members were seen seated ringside at tournaments. The gangsters wanted to be visible on TV broadcasts to raise the spirits of their colleagues watching sumo tournaments from prison cells.

Surveillance cameras were also installed at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo hall before the 2010 Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. The JSA is cooperating with the police in the use of the security cameras.

Bus cameras in Kyoto

Surveillance camera on city bus in Kyoto Japan Surveillance camera on city bus in Kyoto Japan watches for illegally parked carsabove Surveillance camera on city bus in Kyoto, Japan

Surveillance cameras are installed on 20 city buses in Kyoto. The bus cameras record video at the bus stops. Later, the video is checked for cars illegally parked at the bus stops. Officials are especially concerned about illegal parking at bus stops around Kyoto station. Repeat offenders are reported to the police.

Three cameras are attached to the outside of the buses and two are installed inside the buses. The camera system is explained in a sticker on the bus exteriors.

Some buses in Saitama, Tokyo, and Fukuoka Prefecture also have cameras installed to record video of bus stops.

 

Police have a cam-van

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police have a vehicle equipped with security cameras. Three of the cameras are mounted on an extendable arm that can capture video in 360 degrees from a maximum height of 6.7 meters. Those cameras can recognized people’s faces up to 150 meters away. The 2-ton police cam-truck also carries 9 portable security cameras.

Tokyo Metropolitan Police mobile surveillance camera vehicle Police mobile surveillance cameras truck in Tokyo Japan

Video can be transfered to each police station and police headquarters by a satellite communication link on the truck. Video footage is saved for 7 days and then erased The surveillance truck is used in high-crime areas in Tokyo.

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Appliance store sells electric car

Electric car sold inYamada Denki retail stores inTokyo

 

Appliance and electronics retail chain Yamada Denki has begun selling an electric car at some of its retail stores. Yamada has partnered with Mitsubishi Motors to sell the Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle. Yamada is the first household appliances store in Japan to sell an electric car.

The i-MiEV electric vehicle is on sale at 17 Yamada Denki stores in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The car is on display inside each of the 17 stores and there is a full-time car salesman on hand at each outlet. These Yamada stores also sell and install the vehicle-charging equipment and offer complete “Smart House” solar photovoltaic solutions.

Owners of Mitsubishi electric car imiex in Japan

 

The i-MiEV has been on the market since July 2009, and about 3,000 of the vehicles have been sold in Japan.

 

Yamada Denki Online shopping

 

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Yamada Denki electic and electronics appliance store in Japan Elderly owner of Mitsubishi Japanese electric car imiev in Japan

 

photos:  Charge point (R)Charge point (L)

Padnote iPad Look-a-Like Paper Notepad

Padnote paper memo pad copies Apple iPad Apple iPad Japan

 

Memo pad of paper similar to iPadA sketch pad with a cover that looks like an Apple iPad is being sold by a company run by students at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences in Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture.

The "Padnote" is a pad of drawing paper. Each page has gridlines and a wide gray border.

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department stores nationwide have been selling the pad of paper since June. The company that created the iPad-of-paper – Gocco – has sold 2,000 pads by the end of July. Major grocery stores have begun selling the Padnote.

Gocco also plans to release a memo pad that looks like an Apple iPhone.

The Padnote retails for JPY 735.