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12 Responses:

  1. down8 says:

    Dear Japan:

    I love you, and want you back!


  2. gths says:


  3. editer says:

    Why would they use Western actors in the second one? Any ideas?

    • jered says:

      Western actors, especially famous ones, are huge in Japan for being in ads (and often try very hard to cover it up). Consider this item with the Governator, for example:

      Look at related videos. Ahnold, Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt and George Clooney all have done weird ads for everyday Japanese products. I can only assume it pays very well.

      I guess that doesn't really answer why... that's basically because post-WWII the Japanese people are outrageous Americanophiles. Used blue jeans and sneakers used to go for hundreds to thousands of dollars in Tokyo. Having your military and society utterly crushed by a dominating force can do that to you.

      • editer says:

        Interesting, thanks.

      • infrogmation says:

        It can when the conquerors then come in with cheap candy, bubble gum, and jazz bands, and help you rebuild.

        Amazing to think that the USA used to know how to occupy countries in a way that lessened rather than increased hatred.

      • lionsphil says:

        That somehow seems oddly appropriate, given the number of westerners who are outrageous Japanophiles.

        Also, all of these videos are brilliant.

    • infrogmation says:

      And apparently two English words expected to be familiar in Japan are "Good" and "Furry".

    • elusis says:

      Please tell me you've watched "Lost in Translation," because if you haven't, you have no soul.

  4. adam_0oo says:

    That first one is a bit of an odd thing.