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Japan Gets a New Minister

What Is Going on at the Japanese Foreign Ministry?

Japan got a new ambassador. Really. (And yes, it's news! I can't make this stuff up!)

Take a guess a what's happening in this wacky pic and to find out if you're right


Japan's beloved cartoon robo-cat Doraemon is Japan's brand new ambassador assigned to promote the nation's culture and win the hearts of future world leaders. Japan's usually serious foreign minister, Masahiko Komura, is shown in this pic leading an upbeat ceremony to appoint the character as Japan's first "anime ambassador" and gave him the mission of "making friends by traveling around the world."

In his acceptance speech, Doraemon — the character — said he was eager to promote Japanese culture.

"Through my work, I will do my best to tell people in foreign countries about what Japanese think, how Japanese live and what kind of future the Japanese hope to make," Doraemon said. Komura the minister wasn't nearly so animated.

Can you imagine the US following suit? President Baxter anyone?


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