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Controversial Fukushima statue of child in radiation suit to be removed

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Japanese really need to start moving away from these token crappy mascot thingies. I mean, can’t a nation of 127m people come up with something more meaningful than banal oversizeds plastic junk dolls?

18 ( +22 / -4 )

I do not think it is controversial I just think it is ugly

16 ( +18 / -2 )

But, the real question is, who were the idiots that commissioned it? An idea was formed, submissions were taken, approval was given on initial designs and then, huge amounts of money were paid for this piece of junk. Now, even more money and time has to be wasted to relocate it or store it.

Why does everything in Japan have to be so childish? This statue is supposed to represent the recovery from a nuclear disaster, which is an extremely serious event that effected millions of people. What do they do? Build an ugly six meter tall cartoon character. Grow the heck up Japan! This statue should have a solemn and meaningful theme representing the hardships faced by those directly effected by the meltdowns. They should send the bill to TEPCO as well!

14 ( +15 / -1 )

How much money was wasted on this silly statue that could have gone toward helping people who lost everything when they were displaced?

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Only the brain dead would think this statue worthy of exposure...

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Collectivist societies naturally treat their people as if they were childlike imbeciles, and this was a stellar example of that. Definitely take aim at those that sanctioned this statue and make sure at least a great lesson was learned. It’s not too late Japan. Another win for SNS this time.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Should have polled JT Commentors and saved a lot of money and embarrassment.

As an artist, I definitely do no approve of this piece.

This triple disaster only made eternal by TEPCO incompetence needs a cartoon astro-boy, roadside hamburger stand icon like it needs Fukuppy.

Jeez, bureaucrats.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Now people can go and catch a train without confronting an oversized radio-active codpiece poking down at them before they leave.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

PLEASE remove the one in Ibaraki, Osaka too. Every day I have to look at it.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Wish they had come up with something better to remind people of what happened in Fukushima.

Something should be there to never forget! And of course, make TEPCO pay for it as well as the politicians .... out of their own pockets. But that's just another wishful thinking.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

@ghosthand - As an artist I approve of this piece.

Well, maybe you should buy it and stick in your front garden. It will keep the kids away.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Good! Yet another example of stupidity prevailing over common sense, and stupid politicians not bothering to get any opinions from the public or do any market research.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

That was quick.

Its more confusingly hideous than controversial. Either way, tear it down.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

The statue definitely has a bright future in sci fi, horror, post apocalyptic anime & movies. Watch this space!

3 ( +4 / -1 )

waste of money

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Too many controversial ideas collected into jus one piece. Wide open eyes, non-proportional almost mutant look of the child, the '000' reading - not even in the safest place radiation is zero, etc., etc.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

More waste in ‘austere’ Japan...

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Just forget there is such a thing as radiation. Contamination. Death. Nobody died in Hiroshima, so just burn it.

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Not the most attractive thing. What's with the silver knob on his crotch? Is that really necessary?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Good. I's so-o-o ugly!! It looks like a character of a SF movie about a horrible space desease.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Does art need market research and public consultations, though?

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Toasted Heretic,

It isnt art, its just yet another japaneses oversized toy calling itself "art".

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Just because it offends some people, doesn't mean it's not art.

It's art precisely because it offends people. The truth is painful to see. I suggest completing it with the T logo and the name (Naoto-kun). That demonstrates how vain people are. They have fought much harder and quicker to remove this stuff than to confront their politic leaders and TEPCO over its multiple unartistic cheatings before and after 3/11.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

"Its art precisely because it offends people."

"Kenji Yanobe is such an important artist!"

Thanks, Ive had my laugh for the day.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Toasted Heretic, I dont think its offending anybody. Its just that we're not sucked in by the phoney "art" label.

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It isnt art, its just yet another japaneses oversized toy calling itself "art".

Just because it offends some people, doesn't mean it's not art.

It's not my cuppa, either but I'd be foolish to dismiss it's worth based on my own personal tastes.

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I feel embarrassment reading here people saying things like this is just an oversized Japanese toy and that kind of statements... We are talking about a renamed and well-known artist in Japan, recognised by his work and awarded by Tokyo Arts Academy... Kenji Yanobe is such an important artist!

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

As an artist I approve of this piece.

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