The Foreign Minister of Japan Taro Kono announced on Wednesday that appointed popular characters Pikachu and Hello Kitty as ambassadors to Osaka to help promote the Japanese city as a host for the World Expo 2025. The images show Kono awarding both mascot characters official recognition of their status as ambassadors.
I have appointed Pikachu and Hello Kitty as Ambassador to promote the City of Osaka for the 2025 Expo host city. pic.twitter.com/mCkiCl5T5j
— KONO Taro (@konotaromp) November 29, 2017
Pikachu and Hello Kitty weren’t the only appointed ambassadors. Kono also selected living, breathing humans Keisuke Honda (a professional soccer player) and Nobel Prize-winning stem cell researcher Shinya Yamanaka.
Source: TBS News
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