February 2 According to Sankei Shimbun, in the early morning of February 1, the election results of Toda City Council in Saitama Prefecture, Japan were announced, and a “very special” new member of Parliament was born, who is the 34-year-old singer Makoto Nishimoto. Previously, he wore blonde hair and canvassed for votes in the streets in strange clothes.
The name submitted to the Municipal Elections Management Committee was also his stage name “Super Madman”. Japanese media commented that Nishimoto was a “new member of parliament to break the inherent form”.
“Although I believe I can win, I am also worried until the last minute.
I can’t be elected without the support of children. On February 1, Nishimoto sighed after receiving the election certificate from the municipal government.
The municipal council election has 26 seats and 36 people run. Siben ranked 25th with 912 votes.
Japanese media said that he defeated some strong candidates supported by the Kung Ming Party and was widely praised for his “unarmed” election.
Nishimoto’s most popular time was his run for governor of Tokyo last year (2020).
He wore strange clothes to match his specialty songs and danced on the street to canvass for votes, which caused widespread discussion.
In this election to Toda City Councillor, he still maintained the same style, but in order to make everyone listen to his ideas seriously, he did not dance except for the last day of street canvassing for votes.
Speaking of the motivation for the election, Nishimoto admitted that “it was to publicize himself and did it casually”.
He also said: “Everyone is tired of listening to the words of candidates such as lawyers and doctors.
People like me will have the support of young people.” Nishimoto is very popular among primary and secondary school students. He deliberately canvassed for votes near the school.
Some politicians said: “The child will happily vote for him” and “I don’t know what kind of congressman he is.