01 Dec '17, 10am

Japan’s Foreign Minister officially appoints Hello Kitty and Pikachu as Ambassadors https://t.co/w3UMaijADQ

Japan’s diplomat corps recently gained two new famous colleagues who are beloved worldwide. On Nov. 29, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono announced on Twitter that he had officially appointed Hello Kitty’s Kitty and Pokémon’s Pikachu as Ambassadors. I have appointed Pikachu and Hello Kitty as Ambassador to promote the City of Osaka for the 2025 Expo host city. pic.twitter.com/mCkiCl5T5j — KONO Taro (@konotaromp) November 29, 2017 Kitty and Pikachu are tasked with raising the profile of Osaka City as a candidate for hosting the World Expo in 2025. The other candidates are Paris, France, Ekaterinburg, Russia and Baku, Azerbaijan. The Japanese are no stranger to using their beloved cultural icons to promote Japan’s image around the world. In 2016, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared in costume as Mario from Super Mario during the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio ...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2017/12/japans-foreign-minister-off...

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