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Barack Obama on Japanese TV

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    During Friday’s news coverage of Barack Obama’s speech at the DNC, one network decided to compensate for its lack of access to the real Obama by interviewing a Japanese Barack Obama impersonator.

    Here’s the video clip:

    In his comments, he says that an American Obama impersonator looks much more like the real Obama, that Japan’s Prime Minister will change, and that he didn’t pick Hillary as a running mate because it would mean Bill would be in the White House too.

    The impersonator looks like the same guy from an earlier post about an Obama impersonator in Japan.

    {democracy:292}

    16 comments - What do you think?  Posted by James - September 1, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Categories: Celebrity News, Japanese TV

    Obama Acknowledges Obama City

    ATV reports that Barack Obama has made his first public comment about Japan’s Obama City:

    When asked if he knew about the town in Fukui Prefecture, he replied, “Yes! It’s a nice town!” [YES!ナイスタウンだよ]

    The report mentions how Obama City is cheering him on, and that some local restaurants are naming dishes after the candidate.

    In other Japan-related U.S. election news, one of Obama’s top advisers had the following to say about Hillary Clinton’s refusal to drop out of the primary race:

    “They are going to have a very hard choice to make after Tuesday if she loses Texas or Ohio,” Mr Obama’s top adviser David Axelrod said. “There are people in the party who are very concerned about this turning into some kind of a Bataan Death March.”

    {democracy:153}

    13 comments - What do you think?  Posted by James - March 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Categories: Celebrity News, Politics

    Barack Obama Visits Japan (Blackface Comedy)

    obama-station.jpg

    In honor of the ongoing Democratic Party primary elections, popular Japanese blog Daily Portal Z ran a story about visiting Obama Station in Fukui Prefecture. The real Barack Obama wasn’t available to go there with them, so they did the next best thing: they painted a Japanese guy black and had him wear a big rubber nose!

    Here’s a sample of the kind of pictures found in the post:

    obama-japan

    Claytonian, who brought the post to my attention, had the following to say in the commentary he posted on his blog:

    I’m a little conflicted; I like Daily Portal Z and I think this thing gets funny at times. Especially when Hillary shows up in the article. Then there is the politically-correct, and dare I say oppressed at times, foreigner side to me that always feels its a bad idea to paint yourself up like a black man, or a white woman for that matter. Then yet again, this could be political satire so sophisticated it goes over my head.

    In the past, I have expressed my view that comedy acts which rely on parody of the physical features of other races are not my cup of tea. I don’t expect the average Japanese person to understand the hurtful history of blackface comedy, but I still wish that people could understand how someone of another race might feel hurt when they see a Japanese comedian using racial differences for laughs.

    {democracy:120}

    56 comments - What do you think?  Posted by James - February 6, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Categories: Foreigners in Japan, Politics