Ronald is grinchy about Japan's Kentucky-fried Christmas
December 22nd, 2010
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Christmas in Tokyo yields a special kind of wonder, an unofficial holiday spreading commercial good cheer. Open stores decked with decoration, romantic restaurants booked for Christmas-Eve date night (when reportedly condom vendors enjoy a robust sales spurt) and, of course ... holiday lines at Kentucky Fried Chicken.

A legend is born

KFC (or “kentakkii,” as it’s popularly known) launched its Japan-wide Christmas campaign in 1974 and since then has aggressively marketed its buckets as a holiday essential.

Today, as Public Radio International's Akiko Fujita has reported, "KFC commercials signal the start of the Christmas season in Japan."

According to the company, their holiday campaign was first conceived in 1971, at their Aoyama store. A homesick foreigner wandered in, bemoaned Japan’s lack of turkey, and chose fried chicken as the next-best alternative.

CNNGo has the FULL STORY - McDonald's vs. KFC for Japan's best 'festive feast'

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