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Although I’ve expressed my distaste about AKB48’s lingerie pillowfight video to my friends a number of times, I’ve never addressed my distaste for them on this blog, but after reading the article “Risque AKB48 commercial draws fire for lesbian overtones” (The Japan Times, 23 April 2012), which contains the line “A commercial showing members of wildly popular all-girl band AKB48 passing bite-size candies seductively from mouth to mouth is under fire for encouraging homosexuality,” something needs to be said. Some pictures below the cut may be NSFW.

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The Kyoto Transportation Bureau is casting a wide net with their efforts to increase the usage of the subway. According to their website, the Transportation Bureau is trying to increase the number of city subway passengers to 50,000 people.(1) For example, by producing pocket-sized city bus and subway time schedules, which you can download here (pdfs are at the bottom of the page) and pocket walking maps of the city, the Bureau can help students and people intimidated by the transit system by giving them a convenient guide to getting around.

I covered another campaign in my last post: stairway calorie-counter setsuden ads in the Kyoto subway, which, along with the maps and guides, are brought to you by the Kyoto City “Team to Increase the Number of Young Professional Customers” (若手職員増客チーム) Moé Moé Challenge Section (燃え燃えチャレンジ班).

The Moé Moé Challenge Section’s job is “to create public advertisements to get people fired up about the subway.”(2) As I dug deeper in researching this article, I discovered the calorie counter I had discussed in my last post is also the product of the Moé Moé Challenge Section. In a 18 May proposal, the section writes,

In response to the perceived notion that “the subway platforms are far away” and “it takes too much time,” we will attempt to improve the image of using the stairs as something you can do for your health. In encouraging people to use the stairs, we will attempt to  lessen the congestion on the elevators and escalators as well as promoting a more eco-friendly subway.(3)

If burning calories isn’t inspiring you to be more eco-friendly, the Section has also created an “original character” who adorns a poster at the bottom of the stairs.

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