Japanese condom advertising is often much more inventive than regular commercials, which typically rely on using ubiquitous celebrities rather than any imagination. Contraception, on the other hand, employs everything from dinosaur sex to horror movies. We stumbled upon this Durex condom commercial, which is actually from May 2015. Some people online were saying it was themed around the Kama Sutra (with some added wrestling spice) and had been "banned". It's pretty awesome. First off, it's not "banned" but available for all the world to see. The official Durex upload on ...

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Condoms in Japan are an underused breed, judging by the rampant venereal disease and unplanned pregnancies. As such, condom brands try all kinds of wacky campaigns to get young men and women interested in using their products. This also includes free giveaways. Earlier this year, Tenga gave away complimentary condoms to newly enfranchised voters at the House of Councillors election. You might be forgiven for thinking that otaku are the demographic with the least need for contraception in their lives, but you would be wrong. That is, if Comiket is to be believed. A booth at the ...

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How do you get people to have safe sex? Well, don't trust the guys to fulfil their end of the bargain, it seems. Instead, get the girls to insist on protection. And communicate to them using their favorite manga characters. That seems to be the logic behind the latest safe sex campaign in the sexually transmitted infection heaven that is Japan. Sailor Moon, the manga and anime series popular with girls and young women, has inspired its own series of contraception. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has launched a campaign fronted by Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon heroines to ...

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Okamoto continues its "Lovers Research Lab" with a third "project". Following the condom-maker's investigation into dinosaur sex and then the Zero One Belt condom-dispenser, Condo-Moody is a concept for an app that works in sync with a condom box. Open the box and the app switches on (via Bluetooth). It then provides beautiful lighting to help set the mood during your lovemaking. Okamoto recommends you place the "communication tool" by your pillow. This hilarious video shows an extreme version of a couple attracting the whole neighborhood with the lighting around their ...

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The Japanese condom company Okamoto may make some of the best advertising in the industry -- from humping dinosaurs to condom-dispenser belts -- but it no longer has the crown of world's thinnest condom. A court in Guangzhou’s Yuexiu District has said that Okamoto must stop using the label in its advertising, because the title of world's thinnest condoms rightfully belongs to Aoni condoms, which are made by Guangzhou Daming United Rubber Products. Okamoto was a victim of its own success. If you make enough of a fuss about a claim, invariably there is going to be someone who got ...

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Okamoto have done it again. After teaching us that even humping dinosaurs want protection, the condom maker's latest fun marketing gimmick is a spring-loaded condom-dispenser belt. Yes, you did read that right. The Zero One Belt uses voice recognition through a smartwatch-style wrist device to eject a 0.01 Zero One ultra-thin Okamoto condom (the world's thinnest condom). Say "Zero One" into the watch to command the belt. The belt then opens out and shoots the condom up into the air so you can catch it with a snazzy hand movement, showing your lover that you mean business. Never ...

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We've written before about Japan's amazing condom brands that go to great lengths to market their products in original ways. They have to do this since Japanese people -- if we believe the media and the surveys -- are either not interested in sex or, if they are, don't bother with contraception, leading to rising STDs and unwanted pregnancies. And so we get the Durex "horror movie" or the annual "Condom Day" stunt. Okamoto, the makers of the world's thinnest condom, have created this new ad for their products, using a lot of CGI. It starts with two dinosaurs roaring. But if you think ...

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The Japan Times has published an interesting article about Pilcon, a safe sex organization started by a young Japanese woman. "Asuka Someya discovered she was pregnant at the age of 20 when she was a university student." This proved the fuel for her later founding of Pilcon in 2013. Now every two months it holds workshops and talks to make up for the shortcomings of sex education (or lack there of) in Japanese schools and families. It has also produced YouTube videos about safe sex, such as this one which has been viewed 1.5 million times since late 2012. It contains the ...

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Since few in Japan bother to use condoms (preferring to risk nakadashi or just pulling out to finish with a bang on their partner's face), the condom-makers resort to some pretty good marketing stunts to promote their products. For example, creating the "world's thinnest condoms" or a "Condom Cookbook", or conducting sex surveys to alarm the country about their lack of sex. There's even a Condom Day dedicated to the male contraceptive. It's tougher for Durex, which is a foreign condom brand. The local market is dominated by Okamoto and Sagami, who specialize in condoms for the more ...

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In case you weren't aware, May 6th is condom day. Despite producing the thinnest contraceptives in the world, Japanese condoms are an underused item and the manufacturers know it. That's why they come up with silly ideas like Condom Day. The choice of date comes from the Japanese for "five" (go) and "six" (mu): gomu, which means "rubber", is a nickname for condom. Cue lots of pictures of cute girls holding condoms in their mouths (careful, posing for that kind of photo might just lose you your job). Putting it in your mouth seems to be the de facto "cute" pose if you give ...

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Tenga is having a massive year to celebrate its tenth anniversary. It has continued its series of special new releases for the milestone with the Tenga Condoms. While the condoms themselves are regular sleeves (natural color, natural-type tip), the packaging is awesome. Each of the condoms in the six-pack comes in its own mini case (common in Japan) with an individual pop art design. The six are then stored in a round case that looks like it could house almost anything (sweets, snuff, a monocle) except condoms! As discreet and stylish as Tenga always is. As usual the ...

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Japanese guys, like their counterparts in porn, rarely use condoms -- which is a nightmare for condom makers and for health services, since it also means STDs are rampant. Condom makers call on unusual tactics to promote their innovative contraceptives, and this also extends to those trying to promote safe sex. There is a considerable irony that Japan's condom industry is large -- producing up to 30% of the world's rubbers -- but local usage is possibly ranked in the bottom three in the world. To improve this state of affairs, Kyosuke Kagami and Opanpon came up with a very ...

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What to do about Japan? Its population is aging and its birth rate is falling. That's the double whammy and not a week goes by without some new farfetched plan being proposed by some idiotic politico. Well, this one might just be the most outlandish one we've heard so far and the latest in a long, long line of gaffes by Japanese male politicians. A member of the Shinshiro Municipal Assembly in Aichi Prefecture last month suggested a way to increase the Shinshiro City population. While nove, it is probably illegal and also just plain outright crazy. Give out “punctured condoms” to ...

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Photographer Hal is, as the name suggests, a photographer in Japan. While that may not sound unusual, one glance at his output and you'll see this is not the stuff you tend to encounter on Flickr. Photographer Hal creates amazing vacuum-packed photography in which naked couples embrace each other in a plastic bag. "Photographer Hal started packing couples together in futon vacuum bags to preserve their love forever. The process to achieve this eternal image is very organic and each couple can only be left inside the seal bag for 10 seconds." Using futon sealing bags, the ...

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Durex, the condom brand, have an interest in things sexual. This doesn't just mean marketing their prophylactic, it also means studying global sex habits. From Durex's Sexual Wellbeing Survey (2007/2008) and Face of Global Sex (2012), they gained some insights into international bedroom tendencies among heterosexual couples. The Japan results intrigued us... The main conclusion is that apparently people in Japan are very unhappy with their sex lives. Japan was the only country where more people said they were dissatisfied with their sex lives than satisfied. See the chart ...

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When we think of Japan, we don't tend to think of condoms. Far from it, this is the land of thousands of unwanted pregnancies, where most celebrities tend to get married shotgun-style and STDs are rampant. But one company is fighting this. Sagami is not only doing its utmost to product incredible contraceptive products but is also trying to promote sex in general. It is part condom maker, part sociology lab. It has set out to investigate the truth about sex in Japan and is responsible for some of the best research done into mainstream sex habits in Japan. It also produces the ...

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Well, the Safe Sex Association would be proud. It is very popular for young Japanese schoolgirls to pose for group pictures in purikura, customizable photo booths where you can add dollops of cute decoration to images. These six ladies have gone the extra mile to add a message that's both personal and social. Contraception. As the writing says, "We use condoms." Would you like to partake of some safe sex with these lovely six lasses? The usual Japanese approach to condoms is not to bother, despite love hotels providing them as a courtesy beside all beds and local maker ...

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We've looked at surveys before -- from men who never date to the best breasts, habits and the most-viewed Wikipedia pages. Now Sagami, one of Japan's leading condom makers, has released the results of a big nationwide survey, Nippon no Sex, it did in January this year. It surveyed 14,100 men and women online (plus 29,315 in a pre-survey), aged from their twenties to their sixties, and from all of Japan's forty-seven prefectures. The results are a little alarming in places, such as that 40.6% of Japanese males are still virgins (as opposed to just 25.5% of women), and that the average ...

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This may well be a prank but based on visuals alone, prepare to be stunned. This young lady has had a lot of sex and isn't afraid to advertise that fact in an example of Japan's strangest (or most sexually provocative) fashion choice yet. In the same way that native "savages" might wear the ears or other body parts of slain enemies like a trophy, this Japanese girl is wearing a sell-made skirt of condoms. Which appear to be used. Presumably she has done things to produce the materials inside the condoms and she is wearing the unusual item of clothing accessory as a mark of ...

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Sometimes I don't get Japan at all. And it's my own country. So-called "sexless" relationships are a big problem here. There are marriages up and down the land where no fucking is happening between man and wife. And it's not just the middle-aged. Even the youngsters aren't up to as much as they should be. This is bad news for condom makers. One contraception manufacturer has said that its sales of condoms is just 60% of what it was 30 years ago. Personally, though, knowing a lot of chums, I reckon it's the local penchant for not using a condom and ending it all with a glorious bukkake ...

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Japan has love hotels, sex shops, adult goods...It's an erotic paradise. But this is all carefully pigeonholed. Anyone who's watched mainstream TV here will immediately notice how boring it is. No sex, no nudity, no controversy. Yeah, it's pretty boring except for the occasional cute presenter. Well, one such cute lady got herself into some trouble earlier this year. A picture of Miku Natsume giggling while holding up a box of condoms (Exhibit A on the left), seemingly while lying on a futon with the photographer, led to the sweet gal being sacked from her conservative ...

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All of us look for a little bit of extra strength in the bedroom when faced with the task of pleasing our sexy partner. The Kabuto Samurai Condoms I found over at KanojoToys can't but help give me the armor I've been looking for. True warriors need variation in their attacks, and the three types of Kabuto ("helmet") condoms that come in this set will just help bolster your sexy assault. Minty Menthol in green for a cooler feel, classic clear Stamina for longer lasting pleasure and finally Tsubu in pink which boasts 1,350 nubs for the ultimate in lady-spearing. Now all ...

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Is your girlfriend so afraid of your penis that she doesn't even want to touch it with her hands when putting a condom on you? Perhaps you're a sex worker who wants to maximize your time when every second counts? Well, perhaps the One Touch Condom is for you! With a super easy slide strip that rolls it right on, you'll never have to touch a penis again before putting it in your mouth, manko, or ass. Plus, it shaves at least 3 seconds off of the old-fashioned roll-on condom time, so you'll save plenty of time for the next guy. Progress! As the video shows, you can put a condom on six ...

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They aren't being sold online (yet!), but Tenga has recently been doing a collaboration with Okamoto to create special onacups. Okamoto is the famous Japanese condom maker, now lending it's skills to Tenga's insides! Who knows what good things can come out (or into) these creations from now? More collaborations, perhaps with some cool designers, would be welcomed as ...

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