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Lung cancer group creates parody of 'PPAP' song for secondhand smoke awareness

This still image from a video shows members of a lung cancer patients' group in Kanagawa Prefecture dancing to the "PPAP" song in Yokohama. (Courtesy of the Japan Lung Cancer Alliance)

Videos promoting the prevention of secondhand smoke using the internationally hit song "PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)" have been released by the Japan Lung Cancer Alliance (JLCA), a citizens' group whose members include lung cancer patients and their families.

    The videos were introduced on the JLCA's website at on Nov. 30. They are parodies of the viral "PPAP" song and called "SSAK (Stop-Stop-Akan-Kemuri)" -- "Akan" means no in the Kansai region dialect and "Kemuri" means smoke.

    Six regional member groups belonging to the JLCA each filmed the video in which group members dance and sing to the "PPAP" tune to promote the enactment of an anti-secondhand smoke law in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

    In a video created by the Kanagawa Prefecture lung cancer patients' group, members hold a cigarette in one hand and a shumai dumpling in another, and say, "Shumai tastes better." Videos shot by the groups from Aichi and Hyogo prefectures have also been uploaded to YouTube.

    Parodies of the "PPAP" song have been created overseas for anti-drug and anti-drinking awareness campaigns. Kazuo Hasegawa, 45, the head of the JLCA, says, "I think the biggest enemy standing in the way of establishing an anti-secondhand smoke law is people's indifference to the issue. I hope these videos become widespread as a fun way of promoting the movement against secondhand smoke."

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