A recliner that's unclear on the concept

Japanese idea of an exercise lounge chair won't fly in U.S.

Mizuno

Manga and Cup Noodles aside, clearly not everything from Japan translates so easily to American culture. And this item is a classic example.

Mizuno is about to release a lounge chair that doubles as a fitness machine. Obviously, its creators aren't familiar with the La-Z-Boy lifestyle that makes this country great.

It's bad enough that other Japanese companies are trying to shrink the size of our beloved massage chairs, but a recliner that does sit-ups? That'll be about as popular here as Pink Lady.

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