(Warning: this post is not to be taken seriously)
Every Arashi fan knows the inside joke: that Sho is Japan’s future prime minister. So imagine my amusement when someone who is around the same age as him is being touted as the “next PM”. I’m talking of none other than Koizumi Shinjiro, the second son of former PM Koizumi Junichiro.
Shinjiro was in the news recently after he spoke in support of his father on the issue of nuke energy. On the other hand, Sho does not need any introduction. But let’s do a comparative “tale of the S”:
Birthday: Jan 25, 1982 (31)
Education: B.A. Economics, Keio University
Occupation: Super idol, singer, dancer, rapper, actor, newscaster, national fail
Special talent: Umbrella martial arts, nadegata Japan
Birthday: April 14, 1981 (32)
Education: B.A. Economics, Kanto Gakuin University; M.A. Political Science, Columbia University
Occupation: Lawmaker (LDP)
Special talent: Son of Koizumi Junichiro
Has Sho met a worthy rival for the premiership? Education-wise, Shinjiro has the advantage with a masters from Columbia no less. But Sho having earned an economics degree despite working at Johnny’s deserves admiration. Shinjiro is not exactly shabby in the looks department either, in fact, he can give other actors a run for their money. I’m glad he did not opt for his father’s unique hairstyle though and I wonder if he got Kouzumi’s media savvy personality?
Now, if you’re one of Japan’s 103 million voters, who would you prefer as prime minister?
You can vote here!
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