Japan wants its citizens to be more aware of their cyber-security, so the Japanese goverment has launched a street campaign made up of passionate Manga situations starring a boy, a girl and a password. Kabe-don is a common, somewhat disconcerting trope in Manga wherein a young man, for some reason, places his hand on the wall behind a shy young lady and tells her a secret. In this case, the secret is something like, “Such a simple, easy to crack password just doesn’t suit you.”

Using Manga to communicate public service messages is a common practice in Japan and you have to admit it's more appealing and informative than Uncle Sam pointing a finger at you. You can see a few examples from the campaign below. In just a handful of panels a heart or two is broken, a young man loses his cool, a young woman wises up about her own security and relationship is mended.

“Don’t you know? Your password is the only one who’s really looking out for you.”

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“Look, you’ve got to have more respect for your password!”

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“Hey, what was it that made my password not good enough?”

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“Hey, what was it that made my password not good enough?”

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