People who get candid shots for whatever they do, wherever they may be, are usually celebrities like actors, athletes, and musicians. So having a Japanese cabinet minister captured while simply enjoying his snack yet stirring up Twitter users with excitement is really something. The man who has done so is none other than Taro Aso, Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.
“Spotted: Taro Aso eating ice cream!” On June 14, Twitter user @imotadataka posted a photo of Aso eating an ice cream snack in front of Lawson, a common convenience store chain, similar to 7-Eleven. As to date, the post has 23,117 retweets and 10,205 favorites. Another Twitter user, @komi1114, even wondered if it was okay for Aso to look so “cool” just by eating ice cream. Clad in a suit, complete with a tie in black and purple, this writer can’t help but be reminded of one music video by a famous group in Japan. Deputy Minister Aso was also commended by Twitter user @O_Guntama for having a “better body” although already 72 years old. The user was even inspired to lose some weight.
The Deputy Prime Minister was applauded by netizens for his style, including his mafia-inspired look when he was heading to Moscow for the G-20 meeting last year. It’s not impossible to have imagined him having closed-door meeting with Italy and Russia’s finance ministers, hopefully just pegging the Francis Ford Coppola’s trilogy. Like The Godfather, the Finance Minister’s “Gang Style” was immortalized, though through a t-shirt costing 2,980 yen (approx. 31 US dollars).