Forget those athletes, Japanese media has been going heavy on the appearance of fake Mickey Mouse at the Olympics.

Classic denial translated by Pink Tentacle from the Yomiuri:

When asked about the resemblance to Mickey, a spokesperson replied, “They have square holes in their ears. They are not copies.”

The spokesperson suggested the statues are unique because they incorporate the themes of old Chinese coins (the square holes), the year of the rat, the Olympics and the financial district into the design.

However, children passing by the statues were seen pointing and saying, “Look! It’s Mickey!

Video coverage of the developing story here.

Last year Japanese media reports on China’s fake Disneyland prompted Beijing’s Shijingshan Amusement Park to come clean, for a little while anyways.

H/T to Pandapassport

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  1. When my friends saw this, they all offered the classic Shanghainese response ‘you can’t trust a Beijinger’s taste.’ But Shanghai has its own share of bad taste. The 2010 World Expo mascot looks a cartoon dipiction of condom.

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