[SPORK] Shoot election gose over in japan.

Tom tomwhore at slack.net
Mon Apr 14 15:09:08 PDT 2003


OKYO (Reuters) - Who is that masked man? One of Japan's newest

A professional wrestler who fought his way to victory in local assembly
elections under his ring name and wearing his trademark mask has vowed the
mask will not leave his face even after he enters the staid halls of
Japanese politics.

"This is my face," the wrestler -- known as "The Great Sasuke" -- was
quoted by the Nikkan Sports newspaper as saying of his black and white
full-face mask with bright scarlet streaks and golden wings by the eye

"I won support from voters with this face, and to take it off would be
breaking promises," the 33-year-old wrestler, whose real name is Masanori
Murakawa, said of his victory in conservative Iwate prefecture, some 460
km (290 miles) north of Tokyo.

Catching opponents on the back foot to take one of 10 assembly seats, the
wrestler said he now hopes to demonstrate his "superabundant power"
outside of the ring as well as in it.

Sasuke's vow to go masked into the halls of power in Japan, where battles
have been fought in the past over legislators refusing to don neckties,
has authorities scratching their heads.

"There is no law specifically forbidding it," one Iwate prefectural
official was quoted by Nikkan Sports as saying. "But now that he has won,
we must look into the issue."

In a sign, perhaps, that the rough-and-tumble world of politics may prove
more bruising than expected, Sasuke was forced to limp his way up to the
polling box with one ankle in a cast.

He attributed the injury to stumbling over a curb during the election

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