June 26, 2008
It's Enough To Bring A Tear To Our Eyes
Because the plebiscite is the most sacred responsibility of every free society:
...voter turnout in Japan, which averaged 70% to 90% about 30 years ago, has fallen to between 10% and 30% in recent years. With voter apathy and a general aversion to politics worsening each year, the government has taken a variety of measures to encourage participation in the election process. Taking matters into their own hands, Triumph decided to focus attention on the problem by unveiling the Voter Turnout Lift-UP! Bra along with their fall/winter collection on May 9.
The Japanese: with them, it is always about duty.
Via Dave Barry
Posted by Cassandra at June 26, 2008 08:31 AM
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Hmmm... if it takes a woman's bra to convince you to vote, then I personally would rather you not vote (you in the impersonal sense). Now mind you, I would not OBJECT to attractive young ladies in skimpy clothing being PRESENT at the polls, but that's another thing entirely. Currently, I'm happy with the very pleasant senior citizens who volunteer their time to staff my local polls, but eye candy wouldn't hurt me none.
Posted by: MikeD at June 26, 2008 01:09 PM
Diagnosis: "voter apathy and a general aversion"...
Well, HELLO NURSE!
Posted by: Yakko at June 26, 2008 02:11 PM
Nothing makes a plebe tingly like the fulfillment of ones civic duty.
BTW, 52% of the worlds wierd shit comes from Japan.
I saw it on the intertubes so I know it is true.
Posted by: Pile On at June 26, 2008 07:15 PM
Pile On: Only 52%? I'd have to say a lot, lot more than 52%.
They're the ones that gave us tentacle rape porn, lolicon, bishounen, yaoi, human tetris, pokemon (for which may Nintendo burn in the fires of Chapter 11 forever), digimon (for which-ah, you know), I don't think I wanna go on.
Posted by: Gregory at June 27, 2008 04:27 AM
This is what happens when you don't let your client nations and protectorates have huge armies so that they could go into wars and what not. They put their spare energy, thus, into... you guessed it.
Posted by: Ymarsakar at June 27, 2008 05:24 AM
The Japanese were rather non-challant about sex in the Edo era. Guess they are just returning to traditions, in a fashion.
Posted by: Ymarsakar at June 27, 2008 05:25 AM
Nonchalance, yes, but the Japanese have crossed the line into full-on perversion, so it would seem.
Although, having a thong-clad well-built lass with the voting form in between her... eh, It'd get me to the polls, sure enough.
Posted by: Gregory at June 30, 2008 12:42 AM