One of the more entertaining Coming-of-Age Day ceremonies last Monday has found its way onto YouTube. It features the mayor of Aso City in Kumamoto Prefecture doing his AKB48 act.
Mayor Yoshioki Sato has become known as the “Dancing Mayor.” He does a song-and-dance routine at the Coming-of-Age ceremony each year because he wants to appeal to young people rather than just appear to be another boring politician.
This year, he sang “Kazoku ni Narouyo” (Let’s become a family), by Masaharu Fukuyama first, and then “Flying Get,” a hit song by AKB48. He finished the song by leaping off the stage.
Website Itai (Painful) news, which picks up ridiculous news items and responses to news topics on 2channel, found the following comments on Sato’s act.
“How much practice did he do?” “My nana was laughing so hard when she watched the video.” “I think that Sato sang AKB48′s ‘Heavy Rotation’ last year.” “He is actually a better singer and performer than AKB48.” “I can only say that it is ridiculous. However, I don’t hate it.” “I don’t know the actual context, but I like that kind of successful person who is not afraid to do something ridiculous. It was fun to watch.” “It’s much better than listening to a boring speech. Awesome!” “Sato is one of the most famous names in Kumamoto Prefecture.” “Our famous mayor becomes a part of culture.” “He is telling the audience not to throw away their childlike innocence even though they have become adults."© Japan Today