(urth) "There Are Doors" Comes To Japan

Maru Dubshinki marudubshinki at gmail.com
Tue May 31 18:56:20 PDT 2005

I'm afraid I plumb missed the 'There are doors' connection- I don't
see how it ties in. Explanation please?


On 5/23/05, James Wynn <thewynns at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Japanese man gets jail time for 'kidnapping' dolls
> May 23, 6:12 AM (ET)
> TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese man has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years
> in jail for snatching mannequins used by a cake shop chain to tout its
> wares.
> "Peko-chan," a round-eyed doll around the size of a six-year-old, has been
> used by Fujiya Co. Ltd. to sell sweets for five decades and her grinning
> countenance is a familiar sight in front of shops around Japan.
> Recently, however, she has become a favorite of collectors, leading to a
> rash of "Peko-chan" snatchings.
> Takeishi Shibuya, 31, was convicted of stealing 15 of the large dolls,
> valued at about 1.1 million yen ($10,170), a court official in Yamagata
> prefecture, northern Japan, said on Monday.
> In several cases, Shibuya used pepper spray and spray paint to fend off
> store employees, leading prosecutors to demand a sentence of nine years in
> prison.
> "But he has reflected on his crimes and feels bad about what he did, so the
> sentence was lighter as a result," the official said.
> After a wave of "Peko-chan" disappearances last year, the company suggested
> chaining the dolls down, but customers complained that this would be cruel.
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