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Pop Culture in Japan: Doraemon and dango

Doraemon is a Japanese manga series created by Fujiko F. Fujio (the pen name of Hiroshi Fujimoto) which later became an anime series and Asian franchise. The series is about a robotic cat named Doraemon, who travels back in time from the 22nd century to aid a schoolboy, Nobita Nobi.

A majority of Doraemon episodes are comedies with moral lessons regarding honesty, perseverance, courage, etc. Several noteworthy environmental issues are often visited, including homeless animals, endangered species, deforestation, and pollution. Topics such as dinosaurs, the flat earth theory, wormhole traveling, Gulliver's Travels, and the history of Japan are also covered.

Construction is one of Japan's biggest businesses and has become a major tool in economic planning since World War II, supervised by the Ministry of Construction. So much public money is available for work that the practice of dango, or bid rigging, is rife. Contracts are often carved up within the industry with bribes to smooth the way. Even though the Fair Trade Commission has tried on many occasions to stop the practice, there have been very few prosecutions.

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