|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
New vibrating condom unlocks the power of ki 2002,08,24
Shukan Post 9/6 By Ryann Connell
Is a vibrating condom a humdinger? Apparently so, according to an otherwise skeptical Shukan Post (9/6), which notes that Japanese sex lives are becoming like sports where those who are least proficient often have the best tools to at least make them look the part.
Top Japanese prophylactic manufacturer Sagami Industries Co. has unsheathed the latest weapon in its already formidable armory.
Marketed by Ii Project, which refers to it as a "world's first revolutionary product," it's a condom that apparently vibrates slightly by drawing on the body's ki, it's life-giving energy source.
And it's apparently selling like hotcakes.
"Various substances emit vibrating waves. These create an extremely weak energy, which we think is how ki manifests itself. As each of these substances has its own fixed pattern of throbbing, we have learned that throwing them all together creates a variety of influences," a spin doctor for Ii Project tells Shukan Post.
"These substances quivering together have given the vibrating condom some amazing features. We've had some customers tell us how it has given them greater staying power or permitted greater sensation."
Surely, Japan's top-selling weekly argues, when it comes to condoms, it's a bit of a contradiction for a product to promise enhanced feeling, which logically encourages ejaculation, while at the same time providing greater endurance, which would seem to suggest the opposite effect.
But the makers of this rubber claim their product has plenty of bounce.
"We had about 300 monitors of the product and over 70 percent of them reported that it had some sort of effect. What those effects were, we don't know, but if you give it a try, we think you'll see the difference," the spielmeister says.
"Of course, the product meets all safety regulations and fully complies with Japan Industrial Standards."
What the product promises, then, is enhanced feeling maintained for a longer time when compared with the normal condom.
Top porn actor Takashi Kato can see its benefits.
"It's perfectly feasible that people could use such an item and truly feel that they have greater staying power or an improvement in sensation," he tells Shukan Post.
"What you probably find is that it acts as a sort of mental crutch for guys who have little confidence in their technique or staying power."
Considering the placebo effect, Kato might be right about the vibrating condom. Medical experts tend to agree.
"Though I can't really speak specifically about that particular product, sex is something that occurs when the brain feels it, so I don't think that simply putting a condom on is going to make the penis react," Norikazu Akiyoshi, a professor in psychology, tells Shukan Post.
"But, having said that, science has confirmed the existence of these vibrating substances. They could quite conceivably improve blood flow. Using this condom could make its vibrations improve the blood flow, which in turn affects the brain's central nervous system and encourages men to work on pleasing their partners."
August 24, 2002