"Made in Japan" no longer has the same cachet it once enjoyed. But if you're in the market for your own Japanese city, here's your chance.
The cash-strapped city of Izumisano in Osaka Prefecture is offering to rename itself after the highest bidder. The reason: Izumisano owes its creditors about $1.25 billion.
"The city spent a lot of money building roads and other infrastructure because the airport was built in this relatively remote place," an official told Agence-France Presse. "The mayor believes the city government needs to seek new ways to make profit."
So if you're prepared to make a serious offer, Izumisano is ready to slap the name of your choosing all over itself. The only catch is that you need to sign a 10-year contract and make some meaningful gesture toward the city, such as moving there.