We all know that politicians would do almost anything to get the necessary votes to keep them or their party in power. And since the government is allowing the parties for the first time to use the Internet to campaign this upcoming Upper House election, it was only a matter of time before we got a politician to be part of a silly game app. But did you expect that it would be the highest public official in Japan that would do so?
Yep, you heard it right. None other than Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is hopping and somersaulting his way into your smartphone, in an effort to convince you to put his Liberal Democratic Party as the majority party in the Upper House. The app is part of their strategy to show the younger voters that the LDP is not so far behind the times. Takuya Hirai, head of the LDP’s Internet strategy team, hopes that the app will not just disprove that notion but also let people know more about the party and maybe even get them more interested and involved in politics.
Right. Because we all know that those who spend endless hours playing app games on their phones are the ones who are interested to learn more about the parties and politicians running for office. But hey, if you feel like a game called Abe Pyon (“Abe Hops”) can actually help you make up your mind to vote for the LDP candidates, then play away. A business-suit clad Abe climbs up the clouds through floating platforms, and the higher you get, the more points you gather and the more information you learn about the LDP. You can even get the Abe avatar to change clothes, if suits are not your style. But be careful because if you cause him to miss a platform, he will plunge to his “death”. I’m guessing we already know what some players will be trying to do (or not do, depending on your party affiliation) with Abe’s avatar.
[ via Yahoo ]