‘PPAP’ singer signs with music labels for global distribution

The longer version of the song will be released first overseas from Friday, via labels including one affiliated with Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., Pikotaro told a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan.

The video of the song, composing of simple English and catchy dance moves, quickly became popular after it was uploaded on YouTube in August, particularly after Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber tweeted that it was his favorite. PPAP-related videos have gained more than 450 million views, according to the comedian.

PPAP recently became the first song by a Japanese musician in 26 years to enter the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

At the press conference, it was also announced that the song, about a minute in length, has been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the shortest song to be listed on the Billboard top 100

Japanese comedian Pikotaro said Friday he has signed on with major music labels to globally distribute a long version of his song “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen,” currently going viral online. (Jiji)

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The Tokyo District Court dismissed on Friday a man’s claim demanding that Google Inc. remove a record of his arrest on a fraud charge more than 10 years ago in internet search results. (Japan Times)

Japan’s obsession with robots isn’t just a cliche. Companies have been trying to drum up enthusiasm for them for years, with little success. (Japan Times)

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Matsuri Takahashi’s dream career at Japan’s top ad agency, Dentsu, ended with her suicide as her overtime pushed past 100 hours a month. (Japan Times)

Japan’s factory output was expected to rise for a second straight month in September helped by the auto sector, a Reuters poll showed on Friday. (Reuers)

Food product maker Hagoromo Foods Corp. said Thursday that it sold a can of tuna that contained an insect believed to be a cockroach, which apparently got inside during the manufacturing process. (Japan Times)

Bullying cases detected at elementary, junior high, high and special-needs schools in Japan in fiscal 2015 increased by 36,468 from the previous year to 224,540, the highest level since data started in fiscal 1985, the education ministry said Thursday. (Jiji)

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