Tokyo Bottled Tap Water Sold to Suspecting Consumers!
If you or I bottled tap water and started selling it on the street for a buck a pop, that would be a crime. When the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Waterworks does it, it's called a public awareness campaign. Call it what you will, it still seems screwy... why would anyone pay for a bottle of something they can get free from the tap at home? Yet nearly 50 waterworks in Japan are merrily selling ordinary tap water in fancy bottles and probably making money hand over fish - I mean, fist. The latest government body to get in on the action is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Waterworks, rolling out "Tokyo-sui" bottled tap water in an effort to convince consumers that municipal tap water is safe and delicious.
You'd think that just displaying Tokyo tap water in a bottle would be enough to get the point across, but nooooo.... the TMGB of W has decided to SELL its tap water for 100 Yen (just under a dollar) a bottle. Evidently, if it's worth paying for, it has to be good - or so the government is hoping oblivious city dwellers will think. According to one promoter, "We hope that people will take a fresh look at tap water, and return to drinking water straight from the tap." Really dude? Wouldn't that put the kibosh on the whole scheme? (Canned Bottled Water image via Merry Man in Japan )
All carping aside, Tokyo was not going to stand idly by while other cities, especially arch-rival Osaka, merrily went about shaking down their citizens. Osaka's Municipal Waterworks Bureau has sold 15,000 bottles of "Honma ya" purified tap water since march and the Shimonoseki City Waterworks and Sewerage Bureau - just the folks I want to buy my drinking water from - has sold about 130,000 bottles of "Aa Kanrosui" bottled water. The big selling point is that people can stock up on the water in case of an emergency (like the taps running dry). Couldn't they just sell the empty bottles and let folks fill them at home? It sure would be a lot less weight to carry back on the subway. (via Mainichi News)
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