Video of ‘android’ actor on Tokyo game show misrepresented as ‘real robot’

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A video has been viewed millions of times after circulating online in several Asian countries, along with a claim that it shows a realistic human robot at Tokyo Game Show 2017. But the claim is false. The video actually shows a Japanese model hired by gaming giant Sony Interactive Entertainment to act as an android to promote its latest product at the 2017 show. A spokesperson for the company confirmed that they hired several people “to play the role of androids during the event”.

The 24-second clip, which shows a woman waving and bobbing her head in a seemingly robotic manner, was shared by a Malaysian Facebook user. here July 24, 2022.

The caption of the post reads: “An extremely realistic robot at the Tokyo Game Show in 2017”.

Screenshot of misleading post, taken August 30, 2022

2017 Tokyo Game Fair was held from September 21 to 24 that year at Makuhari Massin Chiba, a suburb of Tokyo.

The same footage garnered over 5.3 million views after circulating alongside a similar claim on Facebook in Japan here and herein hong kong, The Philippines, India and Bangladesh.

Similar messages also appeared on YouTube here and herewhere the clip has been viewed over 937,000 times.

However, the claim is false.

Japanese model

Using a reverse image search and a keyword search, AFP found this photo tweeted by the Japanese model Saori Takayama on March 30, 2019, showing her wearing a costume identical to the one seen in the misleading video.

“Post your representative work at the end of the Heisei era,” she wrote on Twitter. “Android!!”

Japanese Emperor Hirohito has abdicated that day, marking the end of the Heisei era.

According to Takayama Instagram biographyshe is an independent “artist” as an android actor.

The same photo is used as profile picture from his YouTube account.

Below is a screenshot comparing the video in the misleading post (left) and the image tweeted by Takayama (right), with some identical features marked by AFP.

Comparison of screenshots of the video in the misleading post (left) and the photo tweeted by Takayama (right)

Takayama posted a Photo on Instagram on September 23, 2017, tagging it with Makuhari Messe, the venue for the Tokyo Game Show (TGS). The caption reads in part: “TGS again today”.

Playstation game promotion

The same costume can be seen in the published photos here and here on the site of the Japanese photo agency Nippon News.

The photo caption reads in part: “Models in a shop window display the cosplay of a video game ‘Detroit Become Human’ for promotion at Tokyo Game Show 2017 in Chiba, suburban Tokyo on Thursday, September 21, 2017. “

Similar patterns can be seen in this Video from 2017, posted on a gaming YouTube channel, with a title: “Detroit: Become Human PlayStation Booth – Tokyo Game Show 2017”.

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) launched its Playstation video game “Detroit: Become Human” at Tokyo Game Show 2017, as reported here and here.

An SIE spokesperson confirmed to AFP on August 26, 2022 that several individuals “have been hired to play the role of androids at the event”.