Prime minister of Japan, Yasuo Fukuda, officially announced his resignation yesterday because of the limited political muscle his Liberal Democratic Party wields in the Japanese parliament. A front runner to replace him is Taro Aso a well known manga fanatic, otaku and pop culture icon in Japan who lost out to Fukuda in the previous leadership race for the party leader when Shinzo Abe also resigned.
Stocks in Japan’s manga publishers, cartoon animators, toymakers and a variety of other pop culture-related shares exploded into life yesterday as the market pondered the possibility of a “comic-friendly” new prime minister. Taro Aso who is currently Minister for Foreign Affairs was instrumental in making the anime character Doraemon a cultural ambassador.
If it’s one thing I realised and my blogging pal and fellow otaku Louis pointed out is the Japan changes prime ministers rather frequently. The longest serving PM of Japan I can remember is Junichiro Koizumi.