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Hajimemashite! I'm Fukuppy Text: Hajimemashite! (Pleased to meet you) "Fukuppy" desu. (I'm Fukuppy)

Is this the mascot of the Fukushima dai-ichi nuclear accident?

(Example tweet)

#Fukushima #FukNuke #FUBAR now officially called #Fukuppy by #TEPCO

  • Does anyone claim that it is the mascot of the Fukushima dai-ichi nuclear accident? – user5582 Oct 13 '13 at 15:34
  • @Articuno I gave an example tweet - you can find other on twitter. – Andrew Grimm Oct 13 '13 at 21:33
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    "Is this the mascot of the Fukushima dai-ichi nuclear accident?" -- According to whom? This question is non-senseical, unless there is some organization which assigns mascots to historical events. To my knowledge no such organization exists. – Flimzy Oct 13 '13 at 23:24
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    @Flimzy I gave an example of the claim. There's no requirement that claims are non-non-sensical. – Andrew Grimm Oct 14 '13 at 0:20
  • Good luck writing uppy in any of the Japanese written languages... – AthomSfere Oct 14 '13 at 0:23
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No, it's the wrong Fukushima. The mascot is for Fukushima Industries Corporation, founded by Nobuo Fukushima in Osaka, where it is still headquartered. The name of the company has nothing to do with the prefecture affected by the nuclear accident. Its business is fridges, not nuclear reactors.

The mascot does not belong to TEPCO.

  • The question isn't whether it's a mascot for Fukushima Industries Corporation, but whether it's a mascot for the accident. I've never heard of a historical event having a mascot, which I think makes the question rather rediculous, but in any case, this does not answer the question. – Flimzy Oct 13 '13 at 23:21
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    @Flimzy if it's the mascot for Fukushima Industries Corporation, then it's not the mascot for the nuclear accident. – Andrew Grimm Oct 14 '13 at 0:29
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    @AndrewGrimm, even though it's unlikely, it could still be the mascot of both the corporation and the incident. This possibility isn't excluded from your answer. – Kenshin Oct 14 '13 at 1:14
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    "if it's the mascot for Fukushima Industries Corporation, then it's not the mascot for the nuclear accident" Again, according to whom? Who says they can't both use the same mascot? Again, unless there's an authoritative organization which enforces such a rule, there is no such rule. – Flimzy Oct 14 '13 at 12:52
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    Many organizations share mascots. Consider the Arizona Cardinals (American football team) and the St. Louis Cardinals (Baseball team). Also consider the 74 U.S. colleges who use the Eagle as their mascot. – Flimzy Oct 14 '13 at 13:11
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This mascot has absolutely nothing to do with Fukushima the prefecture, the nuclear plant or anything related to the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster. It is purely a mascot for an Osaka-based company created with a name that, when pronounced as intended in Japanese ("Foo Koo Pee"), has no relation to what people think it spells. The company's mistake is using unnecessary English letters in showing the character.

Everyone else's mistake is how they think it's pronounced.

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