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Japan's Latest Attempt To Combat Drug Addiction Is Weird And Will Make You Hungry

Better than not doing anything I suppose.

For all the many world-leading things Japan is good at, the country is still lacking a bit when it comes to drugs and combating addiction.

The zero-tolerance country has had a weird outlook with drugs for ages, which has roots from a post-WWII drug addiction problem. Overwhelmingly severe penalties to those commit drug offences, yet the number of Japanese youths using cannabis is rising and measures to deal with illicit drugs have been downright comedic.

That brings us to Japan’s latest attempt to deal with its drug problems. A recent print ad was spotted in the Kagawa Prefecture that teaches kids to say no to drugs and eat udon noodles instead.

I’d make a “what were they smoking” joke here but the Twitter user who shared that glorious ad already did it by writing in the caption “drugs are clearly already being taken here.”

As for what that ad says exactly, here it is the translation (via SoraNews24):

How to Say No to Drugs

Use our SUTEKI (wonderful) method to say no:

Slurp udon instead of slurping drugs

Use caution when picking what you consume, like choosing good tempura

Take some udon instead of taking drugs

Eat the udon happily

Kindly go home after you’re done eating

Instead of another white powder, have some wheat flour

If you’re confused by this, you’re far from the only one.

That’s just one of many questions we have about the ad.

Firstly, why? What does SUTEKI even mean? Who is the target for this ad besides udon lovers? Does this mean udon haters will fall into a drug-filled hole?

Okay, to be fair to the poster, udon is absolutely delicious and I would happily eat that all day instead of taking drugs.

Now there is something of an explanation as to how this ad came to be. Apparently it was the result of a competition to create a drug awareness ad using the “SUTEKI” acronym, and seeing as how the Kagawa Prefecture is famous for its udon, some genius decided to combine the two things.

Good point.

As funny as the poster is, drug addiction in Japan remains a serious issue and I don’t think an ad telling people to eat udon instead of doing drugs is the solution.

But look, if Japan can figure out a way to get robot dinosaurs to run its hotels, it can figure out a way to fix its drug addition problem.

The Latest Painkiller For Humans Is Extracted From Stressed-Out Frogs, So Let That Sink In

Please don't go around hunting frogs and stressing them out, everyone.

People get up to some weird things when it comes to drugs. I mean, snorting lines of peppermint powder and getting high off used sanitary pads are apparently things people do nowadays. Yeah.

The latest craze to seize people’s attention isn’t quite on the level of sanitary pads but it is no less messed up because it involves stressing out a bunch of frogs from South America.

Originating from the Amazon basin, this drug is called kambo and it is derived from the secretions of the Phyllomedusa bicolor (aka the giant monkey frog).

Don’t try this at home, kids.

Here’s the catch: these secretions are only produced by the giant monkey frog when they’re incredibly stressed out and thinks it is in danger.

If there is a silver lining to stressing out these poor amphibians, it’s that while these frogs are subjected to humiliating acts like being tied spread-eagle to sticks or being smacked on the head, at least they’re not killed and are released afterwards, presumably for another secretion extraction sesh later.

Unsurprisingly, kambo is mainly advocated by alternative medicine people rather than scientists and hasn’t been supported by medical evidence. However, the stuff is apparently super dope as it’s been used by the Indigenous people of Brazil and Peru for ages due to its serious healing powers.

The drug itself is a natural opioid that’s 40 times stronger than morphine, which makes it a mega-effective painkiller, and apparently it is good for other things like depression and impotence.

That being said, using kambo is a whole ordeal in itself. To take it, you basically have to burn dots into your skin before the drug is applied to your burned flesh. After an hour of vomiting and feeling like rubbish, the good stuff finally kicks in and all your ailments will be cured. Apparently.

If all this hasn’t deterred you from kambo, then you’ll be pleased to know that you won’t need to embark on an Indiana Jones-esque adventure to the Amazon to try this stuff.

People around the world have learned the craft of kambo ceremonies so you can just visit them instead of getting lost in a South American rainforest. The other option is to do a training course on the kambo stuff so you can apply frog secretions on yourself and others.

You know what, thanks but no thanks. Keep your kambo, I’m gonna spare those poor frogs some pain and stick to good ol’ fashioned Panadol, viagra, and therapy instead.

Stay Away Aliens And Evil Angels Because Some Crazy Geniuses In Japan Are Building A Giant Moving Robot Statue

The scientists stopped to think if they should and decided "hell yes".

The Japanese are an amazing bunch of people, and I’m not saying that just because I love Japan.

Everyone is so nice that you’ll feel like trash by comparison, their trains are super efficient (and occasionally decked in Pokemon decor), they go all-out for anniversaries and celebrations, they LOVE giant robots (everyone does to be fair), and it is home to some of the brightest minds on this green(ish) earth.

Those last three points are particularly relevant for this story because the 40th anniversary of the Gundam franchise is coming up and some crazy geniuses have decided to celebrate by building a giant moving robot statue.

Yep, they’re building a life-sized version of this:

This giant Gundam statue was announced at a recent press conference and is scheduled to be completed by 2020 – just in time to coincide with the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.

Anime News Network reports that the city of Yokohama (where the statue will be erected) are bringing in extra technical supervisors and designers to help make this giant robot a reality.

Having extra hands on deck for the project is probably a good idea because not only will it stand at 18 metres tall, the statue will actually move around rather than just being an inanimate object with flashy lights.

Having said all that, don’t expect the statue to fly around or wield crazy large swords into battle. We may have gotten to the point where alcoholic Coca-Cola is a thing, but the technology to take down giant invading aliens with fully-moving giant robots doesn’t quite exist yet.

It’s a shame, I know.

But look, the bottom line is we’re getting a giant Gundam statue that moves and nothing else really matters beyond that.

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