It pays to be vaccinated… literally!

Despite the fact that people in Japan have been able to get the coronavirus vaccine for a while now, the number of infections have still been on a definite increase. Tokyo in particular has been hit hard with corona recently, getting an average of over 4,000 new daily cases in the past week alone.

And while some people have been jumping at the bit to get their vaccine shot, not everyone is as eager. According to reports, as of the end of June, less than 9 percent of the population has received both doses of the vaccine.

So what’s a good incentive to encourage people to get vaccinated? While there have certainly been some charming campaigns in the past encouraging people to wear masks, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have decided to go a different route in their new vaccination promotion campaign proposal.

A special app will be created for vaccinated Tokyoites to register their vaccination certificate. Those who do will be able to receive points and discounts, and while it hasn’t been revealed how many points and what kind of discounts will be given, it’s likely the points will be able to be used via cashless payments, such as PayPay.

▼ “Oh these? I just bought them with my vaccine points!”

The service will only be available to people in their 20s or 30s, as the government hopes it will encourage younger people to get vaccinated. However, despite what appears to be a win-win situation — protect yourself against corona and get paid to do so — the app has been met with a mostly frosty reception from online netizens.

“Give us actual money instead.”
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They are the weakest Super Mario enemy, after all.

In just about every Super Mario game, the first foe you’ll encounter is the lowly Goomba. It’s essentially the series’ tutorial enemy, with no method of attack other than waddling slowly towards Mario and serving as a target for him to jump on and defeat to help the player coordinate their muscle memory for the rest of the adventure to come.

So it’s only fitting that at the recently opened Super Nintendo World theme park section at Universal Studios Japan, the very first enemies to fall are the Goombas.

And we mean “fall” literally. Super Nintendo World’s installations include a stacked quartet of Goombas who move back and forth across part of the platformer-style mountain that serves as the area’s backdrop. On Monday morning, they toppled and fell from their perch, crashing down from a height of several meters.

▼ A video taken after the incident, showing the empty space where the Goombas used to roam.

Fortunately, since they fell into an area that’s not accessible to guests, no one was struck by the Goombas, which is a relief since real-world humans don’t have the luxury of stocking up on extra lives. However, the Goombas did crash land close to the tracks of the Yoshi’s Adventure ride, which was temporarily shut down while the staff performed safety inspections.


— ジャムズ (@7Whiteblue) August 9, 2021


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The cause of the accident is still being determined, but strong winds from a typhoon that was passing by the area (though not directly through Osaka) are suspected to have been a factor, though we really shouldn’t rule out the …continue reading