Man dressed as the Joker is running for governor in Japan

His policies include wanting to build a Tokyo Tower and renaming Narita Airport as Disney Sky

A politician has been channeling the Joker in his bid to become a governor in Japan.

Yuusuke Kawai, who hails from the Party to Make All of Chiba a Land of Dreams and Magic, is running to replace retiring incumbent Chiba Prefecture governor Kensaku Morita.

His policies include wanting to build a Tokyo Tower in Chiba, rename Narita Airport as Disney Sky, make Frozen anthem ‘Let It Go’ the prefecture’s theme song and rename Makuhari Station as Makuhari Messe Isn’t Here Station.

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As part of his campaign, he has shared a music video, which you can view below, that shows him parading around Tokyo to dance music, dressed as the Joker.

Speaking about his reasoning for dressing as the Joker, Kawai told Tokyo Sports: “Since the clown is kind of a dark hero, I had this impression that I could get the support of the masses.”

It was recently revealed that Joker, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as The Clown Prince, was crowned the UK’s biggest home movie of 2020.

Last year, it was also reported that he had been offered $50 million (£36 million) to reprise his role as Arthur Fleck / Joker for two potential sequels.

In a five-star review of Joker, NME said: “Todd Phillips isn’t clowning around. This is edge-of-your-seat stuff. This is outstanding.”

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Meanwhile, Jared Leto is set to feature again as The Joker in Zack Snyder’s Justice League which is due for release next week (March 18) on HBO Max.

UK viewers can watch the new director’s cut of the 2017 movie, on NOW TV or Sky Cinema on the same day.

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