By Mike in Tokyo Rogers
Well, heck, no wonder Japan is about to go bankrupt! Yesterday, it was announced that Japanese government debt was past 190% of GDP and that every man, woman and child in the country owed about $83,174 each! I blogged about that here.
But now it has been announced that the Tokyo metropolitan government spent ¥48,000,000 yen on a ten-minute cartoon for their website to attract foreigners. That's over 1/2 a million US dollars! For a cartoon!?
What complete idiots!
Now, I am as much of a fan of anime as the next guy (well, no, not really) but spending that sort of money when the government is so heavily in debt is sheer stupidity or, even worse, criminal.
Heads should roll. This sort of thing really irks me as you always hear these clowns saying that we have a financial problem, but their lame ideas are always increasing taxes... You never ever hear them suggesting that we cut out government waste or "services" (like making cartoons for tourists).
I have a good idea on how to cut the budget, immediately cut the salaries of public employees by half and fire 70% of all assistants to politicians... No more free airfare and Shinkansen train rides either.
Anyway, if you want to see the anime for yourself, it is here (Click "English HQ" at the top left under the anime).
The cartoon is bad, so if you don't want to click around, here's a Japanese language version... It's about on par with Speed Racer from the early 1970's only no action at all!
Keywords: Anime, cartoon, Marketing Japan, Mike Rogers