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Japan’s zombie goods that refuse to die

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goo Ranking had an interesting survey looking at what items looks as if they will disappear, but probably won’t.

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goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 4th and 7th of December 2015 500 members of their monitor group aged between 20 and 39, and 50:50 male and female, completed a private internet-based questionnaire.

Most conspicuous by its absence in this list is the fax machine, although it doesn’t seem to be anywhere near one foot in the grave here in Japan. On the news, for example, when they are reporting press releases there is always a shot of a sheet of A4 with a low-resolution fax printed on it, rather than a nice formatted PDF or a screenshot. However, I do suspect that this must be a TV world in-joke, where on getting an emailed release they either print it out using a custom crappy fax font, or they fax it to their cheapest 10 dpi thermal paper-using fax for that authentic Ye Olde Faxe effect.

And talking of Ye Olde Faxe:

Faxing Wishes for the Star Festival, after Toshikata
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Stuff you wish I’d not told you about Japanese girls’ schools

Here is an anti-ranking, a look at what Japanese guys didn’t want to learn about girls’ schools, on the grounds of, presumably, shattering their fantasies.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 4th and 7th of December 2015 250 male members aged between 20 and 39 of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire.

I think men here have read too many comics about girls’s schools, expecting the toilets to sparkle and smell of roses, gleaming classrooms, and nothing but refined talk of flowers.

This photo has little to do with the survey, but I quite like it…

Ne!ne! Vader-kun...kore wa kawaiii!
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How to act like a last century man in Japan

Although there are lots of articles out there telling people how to avoid looking like an ignorant foreigner in Japan, this is perhaps the first one telling people how to avoid looking like an out-of-touch and behind-the-times man. Specifically, the title was the words and actions that make people look like a Showa-era old guy, where the Showa era was the rule of the last emperor, ending in 1988.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 21st of December 2015 500 members aged between 20 and 39, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire.

Although I fall into the danger area described below, I only manage two of them; condemning idols for their identical looks, and rather often following through on a sneeze with some extra vocalisation.

Cool Biz is a topic I have covered in detail previously on this blog, but just today I was watching some television and learnt that number 31 refers to the Prime Minister Ohira’s introduction of a lightweight working style following the second Oil Shock in 1979.

Low-Energy Look of the Ohira Cabinet
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What happens in Japanese coffee shops

goo Ranking recently published a survey on what kinds of things happen at the adjacent coffee shop table.

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goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 27th and 30th of October 2015 500 members aged between 20 and 39, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire.

My typical thing (perhaps it doesn’t bother the Japanese enough to make the list) is ending up sitting beside at best a slurper, at worst (and this happened most recently last Friday) a post-snack tooth sucker; both are enough to make me want to change seats. I see insurance salespeople quite regularly, and the occassional dodgy MLM hard sell going on, but I’ve never had the religious cult stuff, although I do hear from other foreigners that at coffee shops near universities in particular, there is a lot of attempted recruiting going on.

Here’s a picture for No.1 from behind a laptop in a coffee shop; it’s a Mac, so the smug mug is a given…

Coffeeshop Office in Japan
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Stuff that happens in traffic jams

Tonight will be everyone returning from their New Year holiday, so the roads into the big cities will be blocked up with traffic jams backing up 30km or more, so let’s look what happens in cars in Japan in jams.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where over the 18th and 19th of November 2015 500 members aged between 20 and 39, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire.

When I rent a car, the last leg is usually through a traffic jam black spot (Takarazuka Tunnel, in case you are wondering; the run up to it is up an incline after a long downhill stretch, so cars tend to clump up, producing 5km tailbacks even on quiet days, and 25km on long weekends) but as I’m riding with my weak-bladdered parents-in-law, we’ve already stopped in just about every service area on the way, so the toilet issue is not too bad.

This picture is basically 90% of the news every holiday period; this shot states there is a 45 kilometre tailback predicted for 7pm that evening:

Golden Week Japan
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New Year Nengajo Postcard WTFs

I noticed last time I translated a similar survey I broke my New Year resolution to stop FAIL headlines, so this time rather than FAIL, let’s try using New Year Postcards that make you go “WTF?!”.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 24th and 27th of February 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire.

I just found this great collection of vintage Year of the Monkey (this year’s card) on Flickr:

Year of the Monkey Postcards

Oh, and Happy New Year to all my readers!
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New Year established customs that Japanese no longer need

Around the New Year there are a lot of old and new customs or established events that perhaps no longer interest people; to see what they might be, goo Ranking ran a survey looking at New Year customs that people feel are no longer needed.

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Between the 6th and 11th of December 2015 goo Ranking ran an open survey on their web site, which got 767 votes. Since it was an open survey, no demographics are available.

I’d personally vote to get rid of Osechi, the traditional food for seeing in the New Year. It does look nice, I suppose:

OSECHI 2011

To give wives time off (yes, sexist, but it’s an old tradition) food becomes cold everything, with the only warm thing being miso soup with mochi (rice starch) balls. I have to commit the sin of dipping all the cold stuff into the warm soup to make it palatable. It’s enough to make you hanker for cold turkey, and indeed 9 (nine!) years ago I translated another survey on what people want to eat after too much osechi.
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Christmas presents you wish your boyfriend had never bought

It’s nearly Christmas, but I’m not in the mood, so this look by goo Ranking at presents you’d love to tell your boyfriend you didn’t want seems a nice one to translate today.

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goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where over the 27th and 28th of November 2015 500 members, all female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. Everyone was aged between 20 and 39 years old.

A quick search around Flickr revealed no chocolate willies, but I did find this tissue box box; I suspect the maid at the front is producing the tissues from her bra padding…

Novelty Kleenex.jpg
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Women’s greatest weapons

First apologies for the recent silence, but things have been really busy at work, and today I cannot even find a nice recent survey, so instead here’s a goo Ranking survey from the summer looking at women’s greatest weapons.

Demographics

This was an open survey conducted amongst users of the goo Ranking service, so apart from 1,371 people answering the question between the 21st of July and the 4th of August 2015, no demographics were available.

Here’s one woman well-equipped with weapon number one:

Yes, I see you too

My wife doesn’t do cleavage much, but I am regularly beaten by tears…
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Sounds that just reading about set your teeth on edge

goo Ranking looked recently at sounds that just reading about set people’s teeth on edge.

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goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 4th and 8th of September 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. This time everyone was aged between 20 and 39 years old.

Number one is not suprising, but I don’t think I’ve actually heard nails scraping on a blackboard; I just know that it sounds awful. However, my least favourite sound is balloons squeaking, either balloon art, or just sweaty palms rubbing on it. If just reading about nails on blackboards is not enough to send a shiver down your spine, here’s a rather unpleasant photo to help you out:

Slowly Scraping
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