Tokyo officials have devised a novel approach to crime prevention: a giant unblinking she-golem that discreetly records citizen's activities. Street crime in the Shinjuku has dropped 1000%, as the threat of Big Sister coming to life has scared away ne'er-do-wells.

Actually, this massive inflatable sculpture is an advertisement for a Panasonic camera. The subject is actress Haruka Ayase, who was apparently taken aback somewhat that her likeness had been transformed into a human bounce-around. I suppose this is no different from those roadside Paul Bunyans stateside, but there's something about plopping a silent, inquisitive giant down smack dab in the middle of a metropolis that's a bit unnerving. Think Uatu the Watcher or the aquamarine alien children from Fantastic Planet.

[Via Japanator]