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Monday, July 23, 2007

All Dolled Up

In 2005, BBC News projected that the Japanese population would fall from 128 million to 100 million by 2050. I think I know why.


In the video below, you'll meet Ta-Bo — a 45-year-old Japanese engineer who claims to have spent $170,000 on nearly 100 love dolls over the past decade. He's not alone — Reuters reports a growing popularity among Japanese men for these realistic sex dolls. Ta-Bo explains, "A human girl can cheat on you or betray you sometimes. But these dolls never do those things. They belong to me, 100 percent." Uh. Ok.

Believe me, I'm all for trying new and innovative toys to spice up your sex life — but replacing human interaction altogether? No thanks.

The factory featured in the video manufactures nine different love dolls. The high-end dolls — the ones made out of silicon with a metal skeleton and 35 joints to make her bend like the real thing — can cost up to $6,000.

I suppose if the average first date costs between $50 and $100, you could have a doll paid for in 60-120 bad dates. Not a bad trade-off for some of you, I'd imagine?


And for those of you who don't think these dolls are just a little creepy, a second video:

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