Most Foreign Tourists Unable to Name Japan’s Prime Minister
A Japanese TV program asked foreign tourists to comment on Japan’s confusing political situation:
The clip also mentions how a German newspaper accidentally ran a cartoon of former Prime Minister Taro Aso instead of current Prime Minister Naoto Kan.
They go around an airport with photos of Japan’s last six Prime Ministers, asking 30 foreigners to identify Japan’s current Prime Minister. Most fail to answer correctly. The #1 answer was Junichiro Koizumi, who served as Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006.
The second most popular answer was the correct answer: Naoto Kan. However, at least one person who knew that Kan was the current PM could not recognize Kan’s photograph. The third most popular answer was, “I don’t know.”