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News from Japan - February 1, 2022

ANA Airline Launches Demon Slayer Planes: Kimetsu no Yaiba

La compagnie aérienne ANA lance ses avions Demon Slayer

The airline ANA (All Nippon Airways) is collaborating with the most popular anime of the year 2021: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.

The company's planes will be decorated with a decoration of the hit animated series, with each side of the plane, a different design. On one side, the characters Tanjirō, Nezuko, Zenitsu and Inosuke, and on the other, Tanjirō (the main character) represented in black and white.

But that's not all, ANA offers a unique service: on-board announcements with the voices of the characters, cups and menko with anime motifs. It will be possible to watch season 1 and its 26 episodes on board, but also to listen to songs from the anime's soundtrack.

Junko Yazaw, Customer Experience Manager at ANA explains, “We are thrilled to partner with Demon Slayer to create excitement and share Japanese culture with a wide audience.” As early as January 30, planes began flying from Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

The Demon Slayer (or Kimetsu no Yaiba) anime literally hit Japan. Becoming one of the best anime in 2019 after its release, a movie based on the manga series comes out “Demon Slayer: The Infinity Train”. The latter is the highest-grossing film in Japanese box office history and the highest-grossing anime film of all time. Season 2, more than expected, is currently being broadcast, in France in particular.

The Yubi Zubon, pants for fingers

Le Yubi Zubon, un pantalon pour doigts

The Japanese manufacturer Tama-Kyu, specialist in capsule toys and used to puns for its unusual gadgets, has struck again.

This time, its new product, the Yubi Zubon (yubi meaning “fingers” and zubon for “pants”) is definitely not a pun. It is indeed a garment for fingers at a price of 200 yen (1.55 euros) each.

The range of “clothes” includes jeans, shorts, two types of skirts and a hakama (wide pants for men, worn with a kimono).

“Even your fingers want to be fashionable,” said Tama-Kyu, promising smooth and soft materials for optimal finger comfort.

And you, don't you want to dress your fingers?

Tokyo population down for first time since 1996

Shibuya vide à cause du COVID-19

 For the first time since 1996, the population in Tokyo has shrunk in 2021. With a drop of nearly 48,600 people, reaching just under 14 million, the Japanese capital is experiencing its first drop in almost a quarter century.

Japan has been struggling for many years to revive its regional economies in order to prevent the city of Tokyo (already overcrowded) from welcoming even more residents.

Today, “thanks” to the coronavirus, the population seems to be leaving the Japanese capital little by little, in particular to reach the small towns and villages of the archipelago.

With the development of remote work, employees no longer have to live in the capital and can work from home. For example, at Yahoo Japan Corp., whose headquarters are located in the capital, 90% of the 8,000 employees now work from home.

Moreover, since the cost of living in the city is high, it is advantageous for people to live in smaller cities.

The health situation is the main reason for the exodus of the Tokyo population. Some people, stressed about taking crowded public transport in the midst of a pandemic, have chosen to work remotely in villages. Also, companies like Pasona Group Inc. are decentralizing their activities outside Tokyo, in particular due to health restrictions.

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