Quick quality control check at Daming
❝ The latest battle in Sino-Japanese relations is playing out in the bedroom, with the holy grail being the thickness of a condom.
Or rather, whose condom is thinner.
❝ On Monday, a court in Guangzhou’s Yuexiu District ruled that Japanese condom company Okamoto must immediately stop advertising its condoms as the world’s thinnest and remove condom packages that say as much from stores, according to the state-run China News Service.
The court said Okamoto’s behavior “violated the principle of honesty for business operators and negatively affected the competitiveness” of Aoni condoms, which are made by Guangzhou Daming United Rubber Products, a Chinese condom maker that filed the lawsuit.
❝ Okamoto’s condom sales have skyrocketed recently, in part due to increasing numbers of Chinese tourists traveling to Japan and bringing the ultrathin condoms home.
Daming, a company founded in 1992 that says it has sold 7 billion condoms, filed the lawsuit against Okamoto in September 2014, after the Guinness World Records verified in December 2013 that Daming’s Aoni condom was indeed the thinnest latex winner. The Aoni has an average thickness of 0.036 mm, while Okamoto’s clocks in at 0.038 mm, according to the Guinness World Records.
“We accept the decision and have no plans to appeal it,” an Okamoto spokesman said…
The court has ordered Okamoto to pay a compensation of just one yuan to Daming, a request that Daming proposed in its lawsuit, indicating that the alleged violation likely had little impact on the Chinese company’s business.
Erm, OK. The least likely popular tastes concern food and sex. Especially national differences.
Cripes, I just remembered past dealings in my own working life – with Okamoto Riken. And some pretty salacious tales involving how and why they brought the bicycle company Zebra-Kenko to the United States, BITD.