August 22, 2016


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Crashes Olympics Closing Ceremony as Super Mario

No matter what you think of Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s bold, three-point economic strategy, you have to give him props for showing up at the Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday night dressed as Super Mario.

Yes, Abe helped preview the 2020 summer games in Tokyo by emerging from a green pipe after being transformed into the lovable video game plumber. Abe came out holding a red ball and wearing a red cap, which he promptly waved to the crowd.

According to CBS, a Tokyo 2020 organizer came up with the Super Shinzo idea during a brainstorming session. Nintendo was asked by the Japanese government for permission to use the iconic character during the stunt.

Hopefully the Nintendo movies featuring its most beloved characters will come our way before the 2020 games! In the meantime, check out footage from New York Comic-Con cosplayers below: