January 21st, 2014


ANA apologizes over racial stereotyping in CM


All Nippon Airways (ANA) said Monday it was modifying a TV commercial after apologizing to customers who complained it used racist stereotyping, but insisted they had meant no offense.

ANA started airing the new 30-second television advertisement on Saturday, aimed at promoting its beefed up schedule of international flights from Tokyo’s Haneda airport in March.
In the commercial, two Japanese men in ANA uniform discuss in English how they might boost the image of the airline as an international carrier.
One of them says: “Let’s change the image of Japanese people.” “Sure,” replies the other, who is now wearing a blonde wig and an improbably long rubber nose. The ad caused a stir among English-language users of social media in Japan.

ANA spokesman Ryosei Nomura said the carrier wanted to express the importance of the planned expansion of international services from Haneda and to call on Japanese to go out to see the world.
“But we have received opinions different from the message that we wished to convey. We will modify part of the advertisement and will release the second version soon,” he said.

The original TV spot was initially aired for Saturday through Monday and has now been pulled for now, he said.
Earlier, an ANA spokeswoman acknowledged the carrier “has received calls from customers, mostly foreigners, complaining about the ad.”
“We apologized to each of the customers for having caused uncomfortable feelings and also thanked them for bringing up the issue,” she told AFP.
Japan is largely racially homogenous, with relatively small immigrant communities.

Source: JapanToday
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Stephen Colbert Takes a Pot Shot at Spirited Away

Comedy Central's satirical news program The Colbert Report took a few quick jabs at marijuana aficionados during their Monday night program, as well as their apparent penchant for Hayao Miyazaki movies.

In his segment about this past weekend's NFL playoff games, Colbert mentioned that the two teams going to the Super Bowl—the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks—come from states that have something in common.

Both of these teams hail from states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use... Pot and football do not mix... once the NFL starts catering to these teams' doobie-toking fans, football will be forever ruined... Before you know it, all the Super Bowl commercials will be for munchies, and all the ads will have freaky talking babies and animals. And say goodbye to all-American halftime shows; instead, they'll just put a two-hour Hayao Miyazaki movie on the Jumbotron.

The show used clips from Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away for the last joke.

To segment by itself can be watched here, but the full episode can also be viewed on Colbertnation.com.


I tried to embed the video, but it kept doing autoplay in the preview and I didn't want to risk it.

A lot of my pothead friends were huge Miyazaki fans, didn't make the connection until now tho lol.

SNH48's Suzuki Mariya becomes 'The Queen of Horror' with casting in her third horror movie

NH48 and AKB48 member Suzuki Mariya (22) has been cast as the protagonist for the movie "Kokkuri-san Movie - Shin Toshi Densetsu - " to be released on February 8.

This is the third time that Suzuki has been cast as the lead in a movie, and all of them have been horror movies, giving her the nickname of "The Queen of Horror" among the 48 groups.
Alongside actresses Kaechi Momoko (21), Kanjo Mao (21) and more, Suzuki will play a high school girl who got involved in a series of tragic incidents surrounding an evil spirit that was summoned by necromancy.

As a veteran in horror movies, Suzuki explained, "When I am filming, I tell myself, 'Right now there are a lot of spirits who hate me around and I am about to be killed.' It's important to get into the mood." On the other hand, she also added lightly that, "The reason why I wanted to join the entertainment industry was because of '3-nen B-gimi Kinpachi-sensei', so I also want to act in school-themed works and feel young again."

She has announced the news of her movie participation to her friends in SNH as well. "The theater that SNH48 is based in right now used to be a movie theater, so I'd definitely like to have the movie air here as well."


hohoho this is cool a horror queen from AKB well some useless idols are doing horror too but I wonder how it goes