what is holding the sections together looks pretty weak in the picture. I too have seen the jap version of this, but to anwser your question I have never seen that one before. Where did you get it from?
I've got a few of the Japanese versions as well. That particular bait is fairly durable, until you get bit, then the tail usually falls off after a few more flings and retrieves. Not one of my goto baits, just fooled around with it as I knew it was something the bass down here had not seen. Decent action in the water, I rigged mine with a 5.0 Gamy. Lost a few fish until I side hooked the bait verses texposed.
I believe there was an article in Bassmaster last year on the Japanese bait introduction in one of the tournaments.
I havent seen that one, I know storm has one called the kickin minnow, they are hard to find now, I know academy sports, gander mountain(outlet store), and some target stores, ive bought a few bass knock em' hard but after few fish they tear at the segments. let me know how those hold up i might like to get a few.