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Asian Fusion — Japan Reconnecting With China and Hello Kitty

Japan and China reached a deal yesterday about long-disputed gas fields located in the East China Sea. The two countries will share the profitable gas fields; Japan's private sector will invest in Chinese development. Japan's Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda eloquently said: "We will turn it into a sea of peace and friendship."

The Chinese government is officially into the deal; a foreign ministry statement said it will help foster a "healthy and stable" relationship between the Asian neighbors. But in an unusual fashion, China allowed, and even helped, nationalist protesters to demonstrate against the deal.

In other Japanese news: Sanrio Co., the company behind Hello Kitty, plans to give the cat character a fresh dose of Japan-ness. The surrogate Japanese ambassador will now infiltrate Chinese markets, as well as markets in Russia, India, and America, in a more Japanese fashion — via electronics. The company will sell digital cameras shaped like Hello Kitty's face, kitty-clad USB memory cards, and a globular humidifier (I'll have to look that up) shaped like the cat.

Hello Kitty, who gets paid for her TV appearances, is a tourist attraction for Japan's visitors who stock up on everything Hello Kitty while in the country. Considering Japan's tourist ministry just appointed Hello Kitty to represent Japan in China, I wonder if the expressionless cat had anything to do with the gas field deal between the two countries!


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Meike Meike 9 years
Hello Kitty is never a trend in Japan. Cuteness is a lifestyle for all ages.
cmill38 cmill38 9 years
I love hello kitty! She just makes me happy with her cute pink bow. I'm pretty sure you can already get the above mentioned electronics and household items. Target carries many hello kitty goodies. It'll be interesting to see the new merchandise and introduce her to a possibly new crowd.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
:lol: @ Terry. The HK store is overwhelming.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I tell you what scares me: those Hannah Montana kids. They are going to take over. They may indeed get their best of both worlds.
stephley stephley 9 years
Thanks for feeding all my fears terryt! She's already trying to decide if she's actually 'emo'. I guess a High School Musical fanatic would be scarier...
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Oh, no, stephley, doesn't Naruto lead to goth and video games and those computer-created illustrations of space with moons and stars and junk? It did for this one girl I know . . .
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Maybe because I grew up in Asia but I had everything Hello Kitty and I still have HK stuff in my room. :p What can I say? I grew up with her. :D
stephley stephley 9 years
I'd be happy that my daughter had grown out of her Hello Kitty phase if she hadn't grown right into a Naruto phase.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
That guy all the way on the left is either not happy or the Asian Elvis.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Well it certainly didn't allure me. That's for sure.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
I don't think it was meant to allure you, UnDave. :-)
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Hello kitty wasn't a hit until after I was in college. I never saw the allure of it...
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I love Hello Kitty too! They had the absolute best pencils and I used them all through elementary school and junior high. I think I even had a Hello Kitty clock. Those were the days...
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
The last time I said hello kitty I was 18.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
I LOVE Hello Kitty! :love: :P
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