New Prime Minister Enjoys His Comic Books

With his recent election Japan’s Prime Minister-elect, Taro Aso, is making news across the world.  In his introduction to many of us it is often mentioned in stories covering him that he’s an avid comic book reader.  After being spotted reading a comic book at an airport, the newly elected official rebranded himself as Japan’s nerd-in-chief.  He set up an award for Japanese-style manga comics and held an election rally last year in Akihabara, Tokyo’s subculture hub.

“People feel Aso is like common people,” said Kyoji Yamaguchi, a 31-year-old stage producer in Akihabara. “He reads weekly comic books just like Japanese salarymen.”

I wonder if in his preparation for his new position he’s read the fantastic manga First President of Japan?