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Justin Bieber teams up with Piko Taro for new Japanese SoftBank commercial

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By Oona McGee, RocketNews24

Ever since Piko Taro took YouTube by storm in August last year with his viral hit “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen“, the leopard-print loving Japanese star has had one very famous fan by his side: Justin Bieber. The Canadian singer, who also got his big break by posting videos on YouTube, showed his love for Piko Taro by sharing this clip on Twitter with his 90+ million followers.

Now, the two stars have finally met in person as part of a new ad campaign for SoftBank, one of Japan’s leading telecommunications providers. While their hotly anticipated commercial is yet to air, SoftBank recently released a teaser video showing us what went on behind the scenes when the two met while filming the ad. Check out the clip below.

Piko Taro has appeared in a number of commercials for SoftBank over the past few months, but this is the first time for him to share the stage with an international superstar. Bieber is now on board with the telecommunications provider to help promote their “Super Student” campaign, which provides discounted mobile phone plans for students under the ages of 18 and 25.

Which explains why the singer can be seen in a classroom while dressed in a Japanese boy’s school uniform for the ad.

Piko Taro can be seen educating a group of Japanese students in the ways of fruit and stationery before Bieber enters, prompting a personal instruction in the art of “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen”.

The two celebrities seemed equally enamoured with each other during the shoot, so we can’t wait to see the final result when it finally airs. Given Piko Taro’s love of collaborating with famous stars, we’re looking forward to seeing who he’ll convince next to join him in recreating his legendary Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen.

Source: Net Lab

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Don't let this commercial fool you. Bieber is a rich dweeb who thinks he can do what he wants and treat people like crap because of fame and money

4 ( +7 / -3 )

I don't mind Biber has we don't see him too much around. The same cannot be said about Piko Taro. It was funny for a while but now it has become really boring...

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Justin Bieber's so pretty. He's done and been through a lot for someone still so young.

-13 ( +1 / -14 )

Canadian? He dies not even live or spend time in Canada.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

@sensei: Meaning?

-8 ( +0 / -8 )

Bieber walks in the room, raises his hands like, "Everybody applaud because I'm here!!!"

.... and nothing but crickets. LOLOLOL

8 ( +11 / -3 )

I have zero talent, I have a stupid costume. Uh!

Japanese cultural phenomenon.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Possibly the most annoying combination ever.

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Justin Bieber teams up with Piko Taro for new Japanese SoftBank commercial

oh dear god...

The End of the World is near!

Yup.

I have zero talent, I have a stupid costume.

I have a ridulous mustache.

Possibly the most annoying combination ever.

Possibly??

3 ( +6 / -3 )

When money talk "louder" than talent.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I dont care about this, but the guy Piko Tarou is pretty funny in real life so I hope to see more of him instead of his ppap character on tv.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I have zero talent, I have a stupid costume. Uh!

And Piko Taro isn't any better either.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

softbank no thanks... never ever after this.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Fortunately, this video is not available in my country.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Who wants to wager on salaries? I think Biebs got ¥500 million and Pikotaro got ¥7 million.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Don't let this commercial fool you. Bieber is a rich dweeb who thinks he can do what he wants and treat people like crap because of fame and money.

Don't know what fantasy you're living in Sensei, but yeah that's how the real world is.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Justin could be one of the very few gaijin celebs for making a TV commercial here who does not feel any embarrassment when he goes back over there. I wouldn't be surprised if he has a pineapple and a pen tatooed on his derriere after this little effort.

In any case, Softbank have just lost a large proportion of their good will and their 'adult' clientele.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Just say, "No". ...enough said.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Pretty Poor Advertising Ploy.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Birds of a feather! They both have their own creepy kind of fame. However, the pen/pineapple dude seems to have switched sides. He did an ad for AU not so long ago.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

@ Maria - yes like punching fans in the mouth and egging his neighbor's house

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Wow! Nice of J.Bieber to help this guy get a break,,, Piko Taro hit the freaking jackpot,,,

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

My son is 6 y.o. and hates "that PPAP guy". In fact when i just want to irk him, I hum (rap?) PPAP and the look on his face is pecious. Don't expect he'll be much of a Bieber fan either.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Can it get any worse???

3 ( +4 / -1 )

"Can it get any worse???"

Thankfully SMAP are gone, so no!

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Beiber about as Canadian as Wayne Gretzky or any one of them who makes it big,.. move to the US quick!

3 ( +4 / -1 )

SoftBank is on the ball.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Hullo again sensei258!

Yes, because the egging isn't something youth do in any country anywhere. And because young people don't get irritated when someone is up in their face or forcing their way into their car.

People do like to hold celebrities to unreasonable standards, especially those celebs who behaves like many people of their generation (and older) behave.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

This would spell DISASTER.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

PLEASE PLEASE....NO MORE from either of them!!!!

4 ( +4 / -0 )

@ maria - So is it okay or is it not okay? like I said he's a rich dweeb, I didn't say he's the only dweeb or that only rich people are dweebs

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

So, Frankenstein finally meets his monster.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Yeah, they are both one trick ponies. They'll both be goon soon.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Bieber just did a Super Bowl ad for T-Mobile:

http://www.wcvb.com/article/super-bowl-ad-winners-tide-t-mobile/8680020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-2j6rXQpN0

But SoftBank owns Sprint, a competitor to T-Mobile

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Dumb & Dumber JLand style!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I hope they didn't make that poor white dog sit in the room for this one

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

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