Everyone loves a dancing politician or, at least, watching one. Kanagawa Governor Yuji Kuroiwa’s cameo in a music video by J-pop‘s most popular girl group AKB48 has now been viewed by 2.4 million people since it was launched in October.
But lest you think he’s considering changing careers once again (after all, he was a former news anchor before he became a politician), the video is actually part of a campaign to promote the Kanagawa region. Set to the song of AKB48‘s hit Fall-in-Love Fortune Cookie, the video is actually a tour of the prefecture featuring different people from all walks of life, from dancing fisherman, to baseball team Yokohama DeNA BayStars’ cheerleaders, to researchers in labcoats dancing their hearts out, and even Nissan Motor employees shaking their booty. And of course, you can’t do a dance video without cute mascots, 28 ones in fact. “From Minato Mirai to Hakone, from tourist areas to specialty products, Kanagawa Prefecture is brimming with charm,” is the description of the clip on YouTube.
Kuroiwa said that he did not expect that the video will be viewed by so many people. He said even Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told him he has watched it. This is Kanagawa’s answer to Saga‘s similar video, also featuring AKB48 to promote their prefecture and featuring their government workers. It was a representative from AKB48 that approached them in the first place and it took two days to shoot in 78 locations and then another five days to edit. He also added that some of the tourist places in the video will be offering discounts to celebrate the video reaching 2 million hits.
[ via Wall Street Journal ]