When we say that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plays Mario in the Rio Olympics closing ceremony, we don’t mean he was playing on his 3DS during the duller moments. Clearly taking their lead from the Queen skydiving with James Bond during the London Olympics opening ceremony, the Japanese recast their Prime Minister as their most famous videogame character export for the handover section from Rio to Tokyo. Well, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. The Ma“RIO” gag is very good…
2020 — Mario FINALLY makes it to the Olympic games! SO EXCITED!
(No Sonic though…)https://t.co/5LzsYzXmJM
— Matthew Patrick (@MatPatGT) August 22, 2016
So this is why they’e not keen on letting Emperor Akihito abdicate – they clearly want him to play Godzilla in the Tokyo opening ceremony.