politicians

New Zealand prime minster welcomed to Japan by kiwi mascot characters, surreally somber dance

Following reception by the Japanese government, it was the Kiwi Brothers’ turn to say hello.

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Manga creator/politician Ken Akamatsu opens political office/art gallery in Akihabara【Photos】

Creator of Love Hina is gearing up for a run at Japan’s upper parliament house to protect freedom of expression.

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New president of Chile receives Pokémon from Japanese diplomat【Videos】

And no, it wasn’t Pikachu on the goodwill mission.

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Japan to accept Ukrainian refugees

Prime minister says he wants Japan to “respond as it should as quickly as possible.”

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High-ranking U.S. politician confirmed as a Demon Slayer music fan

Secretary of State is also fan of anime song.

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City council in Tokyo votes on proposal to give foreign residents partial voting rights

Mayor of Musashino wants to “make the most of the diversity of our city’s residents.”

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Popular harem comedy manga artist is running for parliament to protect freedom of expression

Creator of Love Hina transitions from otaku arts to national politics.

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Japanese politician apologizes to prime minister for calling wife’s cooking “Hiroshima-yaki”

Hiroshima foodies find it an unsavory name for their savory pancakes.

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Japanese mayor who bit athlete’s gold medal tests positive for coronavirus

Nagoya politician’s troubles continue.

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Gold-medal-biting Japanese mayor scribbles letter of apology to staff

It’s the lack of thought that counts.

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Japanese mayor who bit softball athlete’s gold medal to forfeit three months’ pay

Nagoya politician also attends harassment awareness workshop, says comments he made about dating and marriage to medalist were inappropriate.

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Gold medal bitten by Nagoya mayor is eligible for a replacement

The athlete in question doesn’t seem eager to trade away her trophy that’s been in someone else’s mouth, however.

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President of France meets with manga, video game royalty in Tokyo【Video】

Head of state also picks up an amazing One Piece souvenir that any fan would treasure.

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Super Crazy Kun’s election win deemed invalid a second time

The super crazy nail that sticks up gets hammered down.

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“Protect the Nation from NHK Party” becomes “Protect the Nation from Old Parties Party”

Constantly changing one’s mind is an interesting political strategy.

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The Internet reacts to Osaka governor’s comical COVID-19 countermeasure with stunned disbelief

Japanese netizens need a little more reassurance than a cardboard mask.

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Chiba election heating up with surprise marriage proposal and an ambitious Disney-loving clown full of promises

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and who knows? Maybe you’ll even vote.

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Does Tokyo need a legal limit on kids’ video game playing time? Governor gives opinion

One year after Kagawa capped kids’ playtime, will Tokyo follow suit?

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Tokyo Olympic chief may resign over misogynistic remarks, promises statement

Over 500 volunteers have quit following Yoshiro Mori’s controversial remarks about how much women talk.

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Councilman Super Crazy Kun begins work, but considerably less crazy looking

You don’t have to be super crazy to serve on the city council, but it helps.

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