What with Yasuo Fukuda’s abrupt resignation this weekend, it looks like long-waiting-in-the-wings Taro Aso might finally get a shot, and finally a world power will be run by a big nerd!
He has been shrewd at courting younger voters as a champion of Japan’s pop culture. A former Olympian in clay-target shooting, he professes to be a big fan of Japanese “manga” comic books. During his past two runs for prime minister, he rushed to Akihabara, a Tokyo neighborhood at the center of Japan’s manga and animation culture, to call for support.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.