Farewell Olympics: Japanese prime minister Shinzō Abe teases Japan 2020 by dressing as Mario

The Olympics in Rio is coming to a close now, which means you can forget the rules to Dressage and Greco-Roman Wrestling for another four years (unless you happen to be a competitor, in which case you should probably stay in the loop.)

The next Olympics will be held in Tokyo in 2020, and the country’s prime minister, Shinzō Abe, gave us a little taste of what that’ll be like.

Dressed as Mario. No, really.

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Other than that, other mainstays of Japanese culture make an appearance, including Doraemon (the blue cat) and Pac-man. There’s also something about some sports before Abe appears out of a warp pipe, having traveled from Japan to Rio (making me wonder if the humble warp pipe is actually an early souped-up version of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop.

Of course, with a Japanese general election due before the end of 2018, it’s possible that Shinzō Abe won’t be in charge by the time the Olympics roll around again. Although nobody likes to lose a popular vote, I’m sure the fact he won’t need to indulge in Nintendo cosplay with the eyes of the world watching again would come as a some much-needed consolation.

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