Condom wars between China and Japan

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.


8 thoughts on “Condom wars between China and Japan

    • Cassandra says:

      “China is pushing hard to get better at preparing for war. This is worrying for the United States, which already faces the possibility of defeat or stalemate in a limited, regional conflict with China.
      That thesis is central to a recent article by U.S. Navy Capt. Dale Rielage in Proceedings, the influential journal of the U.S. Naval Institute. As the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s director of intelligence, Rielage knows a thing or two about the Chinese military.
      The past decade has “seen a major improvement in the scope and complexity of PLAN training that has paralleled the expansion in its missions, operations, and capabilities,” Rielage wrote. “Central to these are high-end naval combat tasks — the fundamentals of fleet action against a foreign navy intervening against People’s Republic of China (PRC) interests. While no training is a perfect facsimile of combat, the PLAN’s proficiency is increasing through this deliberate investment in more advanced and realistic training.”
      There is an enormous caveat to this claim, which Rielage is ready to admit. While China can count on new equipment, warships and weapons, how it will deploy them if a shooting war breaks out is far less obvious.”

      • moss says:

        Obama is working very hard at recreating the Cold War. From Poland to the Japan, there is an iron curtain of American arms and troops moving into position parallel to the developments built by hawks from McCarthy to Dulles Bros. in the 1940-50’s. Stinks now as much as it did, then.

  1. Laowai says:

    China is not happy about a new Pentagon report, and has condemned it as a deliberate distortion that exaggerates Chinese military activity and their ramped up activities in the hotly contested South China Sea. In its annual report to Congress on Chinese military activity, released Friday, the US Department of Defense said that China’s “investments in military and weaponry operations continue on a path to increase its power projection.” Abraham M. Denmark, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia, said in a Pentagon statement that “China continues to focus on preparing for potential conflict in the Taiwan Strait,” referring to a strait in the highly contentious South China Sea which separates the island of Taiwan from the Asian mainland. “Additional missions such as contingencies in the East and South China seas and on the Korean Peninsula are increasingly important to the [People’s Liberation Army].” “This report documents the kind of military that China is building,” Denmark said. “It lets the facts speak for themselves.”

  2. Huángdì says:

    “The China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has proposed the construction of a network of ship and subsurface sensors that could significantly erode the undersea warfare advantage held by US and Russian submarines and contribute greatly to future Chinese ability to control the South China Sea (SCS). Details of the network of sensors, called the ‘Underwater Great Wall Project’, were revealed in a CSSC booth at a public exhibition in China in late 2015. A translated copy of the descriptions was obtained by IHS Jane’s from a government official. The text was confirmed by a source from a second government on condition of anonymity. While some elements of this network have been known for some time, CSSC is now in effect proposing an improved Chinese version of the Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) that for a time gave the US a significant advantage in countering Soviet submarines during the Cold War. The system proposed by CSSC is likely being obtained by China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) but may also be offered for export.”

  3. Harbinger says:

    “An article published on the China Military Online website on 1 July suggests that the annual Sino-Russian naval exercise ‘Joint Sea’ may be conducted in the South China Sea (SCS) this September. Colonel Wu Qian, a Chinese Ministry of National Defense spokesman, confirmed on 30 June that consultation and co-ordination for the exercise was under way between China and Russia, but gave no further details.”

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