Japanese company creates ball-balancing cheerleader robots
Michelle Lynn Dinh
Japan has an infatuation with robots; after all, you don’t see beautiful cyborg women hanging out in restaurants in the US or 24-fingered hair washing bots in the UK. That’s why we weren’t surprised at all to find that Japan has just produced a gang of cheerleading robots that dance in sync while balancing on a ball.
Officially called the “Murata Cheerleaders,” these balancing robots are the fourth generation of robots to be produced by the company. The bicycle-riding Murata Boy was first to come in 1991, followed by the second version of the Murata Boy in 2005, and the Murata Girl who learned to ride a unicycle in 2008.
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Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. referred to customers who developed blotches on their skin after using its skin-whitening cosmetics as “minefields” during a meeting last year on how to deal with possible damages suits against the company, sources said Friday.
The expression insulting victims of the company’s defective products drew an immediate backlash and may affect damages suits filed in district courts in Tokyo and Shizuoka and Hiroshima prefectures.
The term was used in written material distributed at an executive meeting of Kanebo branch offices in central Japan on Aug. 2, 2013, a month after the company announced it was recalling products containing Rhododenol, a chemical brightening ingredient.