News announcer Aiko Kaito, 25, of Fuji TV’s morning news program “Mezamashi terebi,” took part in an event in Asakusa this week, aimed at increasing awareness of fund transfer scams. She wore a sash which said: “Ichinichi furikome sagi boshi taicho,” a role putting her in charge of preventing bank transfer scams for the day.
She said: “These kinds of scams are close to home for me – when I went to my cousin’s wedding, a relative got one of these calls. So I want to learn about what I can do to stop them.”
Entertainer Koneko Edoya, 59, famous for his animal impersonations, was also appointed to the role. He mimicked a Japanese nightingale when he said: “Wild animals possess a natural defensive instinct. I think we too should be alert about our surroundings.”© Japan Today