Originally Posted at PNN Tokyo Stories, November 22, 2008
User-designed Obama tee shirts appeared within minutes after the U.S. Presidential election results were announced in Japan.
The ClubT instant-printing tee shirts Japan-based website became well-known here in September when outgoing Japan Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda was pictured in the media holding a user-created tee shirt featuring his image and words “I am not like you!”. Fukuda had challenged a reporter at a press conference.
Japan Prime Minister Taro Aso is currently pictured on the ClubT website – he holds a shirt that displays his image and the words “Samurai Taro.” Aso approved use of the design.
Japanese comedian Nozomu Sato began impersonating Barack Obama in February. Obama City, Japan took notice of Mr. Obama in February, using the connection to promote tourism. The Embassy of Japan said Prime Minister Taro Aso spoke by phone to President-elect Barack Obama on November 6. The embassy press release said that Mr. Obama “mentioned that he feels a strong affinity towards Japan and knows about Obama City in Japan.”