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Future idols collect 100 mil eco-friendly bottle caps

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By Andrew Miller

When a handful of Japan’s wannabe starlets made a plea to their limited fan base to send them as many plastic bottle caps as possible, it was generally assumed that nothing much would come of it. However, imagine our surprise when, keen to see their favorite idols hit the big time, passionate fans stepped up to donate over 100 million caps toward their case.

In Japan, fans with this level of dedication are known as ”aidoru otaku”, meaning idol or star fanatics. Their enthusiasm often goes beyond the boundaries of casual fandom and enters into what can only be described as the realms of what some might deem obsessive. Even so, you’ve got to admire their team spirit- that’s an awful lot of drinks to consume.

Small-time idols looking for a chance to up their status were given a chance by their registered agent to collect as many eco-friendly caps as possible in return for a leg-up to stardom. The initiative was all part of a major debut selection process named “Eco Cap Collection Program”. In short, the idol who collected the largest amount of caps, in return for their efforts, was given a the chance to debut under the guidance of Japanese company Hyadain. In total, around 100 million caps were collected, which weighed in at a whopping 2.3 tons.

The contest was open to anyone registered with the Alice Project talent agency, regardless of age or experience. For many potential stars existing on the lower strata and finding it hard to make ends meet, such a chance is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

During the initial drafting stages of the eco-cap collection program, no one foresaw just how well it would go. In actual fact, as soon as the contest went live, the talent office was inundated with so many caps each day that it became almost impossible to get any work done. As a temporary measure, a nearby theater which the talent office owns was used as a “cap storage room”.

But why bottle caps? Collecting 860 caps generates enough revenue for one polio vaccine. This time around, the total amount of caps collected was 98 million nine thousand (based on a 1 kilogram = 430 pieces calculation). In other words, the amount of possible vaccines that would be produced as a result of this most recent venture totalled in at 1,150.

The caps were collected by a special contractor. However, when it came to gathering them up on the day, even the two dispatched trucks weren’t enough to carry the 2.3 tons of weight. Subsequently, the whole recovery process took considerably longer than originally estimated. Lesson learned: never underestimate the sheer power and dedication of Japan’s idol otaku.

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Well done to those young women and their fans, who have saved so many lives by giving their time, energy and money:

...the amount of possible vaccines that would be produced as a result of this most recent venture totalled in at 1,150.

Admirable.

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hmm.. if AKB48 asked its fan base to clean up the rivers for the sake of future generations.. the rivers across this land would be sparkling clean once more..

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Great way to mobilise otaku boys for social good.

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Ah, plastics! The scourge of the earth and Japan is at the forefront of the production. If you buy a packet of cookies or candy there all wrapped individually. The marine environment is being absolutely decimated by plastics. If you don't know about the Pacific gyre of plastic you should watch this clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kd_QlauNmcw

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if AKB48 asked its fan base to clean up the rivers for the sake of future generations..

Or clean the beaches that are overflowing with garbage!

If AKB got involved and got their fan base to go out and do something like this for the economy I would promise to never bad mouth AKB again.

No money in it so Akimoto never go for it!

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If AKB got involved and got their fan base to go out and do something like this for the economy I would promise to never bad mouth AKB again.

Do you mean the AKB48 who, as of the end of April this year, have raised over 1.25 billion yen for the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami relief, by donating money directly, putting out a charity single with all profits donated?

Why do people feel the need to badmouth them at all?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AKB48#Philanthropy

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I must be missing something, unless the maths is spectacularly wrong. If they collected almost 100 million caps, and 860 caps is enough to provide 1 vaccine, then surely the number of vaccines is about 115,000, not 1,150?? In which case, this is a fantastic effort.

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100 million?! Do you understand what an insanely huge number that is? Did some poor b@stard have to count all of those? Or did they just guesstimate?

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