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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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Beauty Beauty 9 years
So cute!
rpenner rpenner 9 years
yep, this doesn't surprise me in the least
Matdredalia Matdredalia 9 years
I think it's awesome. He's an extremely popular character that has become increasingly popular around the world due to Japanese cartoons & Anime becoming more and more widespread. I think it's a different kind of move that fits perfectly with the quirkiness that is Japan.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
3M, My formal invite is in the mail!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
"win the hearts of future world leaders" more like scare the beejesus out of some poor diplomat who opens the door expecting his sushi and gets this wackadoodle.
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
I'd like to see him join Cine/Sy's 2012 cabinet.
rickimc rickimc 9 years
Why not have one of the most popular children's anime characters be an ambassador - makes sense to me!
herfallingstar herfallingstar 9 years
Haha I'm going to Japan next month...I'd better brace myself!
JessNess JessNess 9 years
Hmmmm Im thinking that a cartoon character may not be their best global representative. Their foreign ambassador does not look happy to be their. You know he is thinking "This was not in the job description. I am not being paid enough for this crap"
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