In these days of terminal recession you can always rely on the Japanese to come up with something utterly bonkers to brighten the global mood. And they most certainly haven't let us down this time round.

Our oriental cousins in the suburbs of Tokyo are apparently turning to $5 vending machines that wash, rinse and blow dry their pets in a nippy 30 minutes, rather than sending them to the grooming parlour for an average $30 session. Better still, they're now exporting them worldwide, which means they could well be on a highstreet near you soon - just like the US-based clip above!

Cue amusing clips of terrified, piss-wet pets, locked in the machine...