Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe becomes YouTuber

Hopefully he will do some game streams as well.

A general election is fast approaching in Japan, and the nation’s thoughts are turning to who will be the next prime minister. Personally, I think the guy with the hair has what it takes, but that other guy who talks funny and wears a suit is pretty good too…

Ah, who am I kidding. At the tender age of 42, I’m just another one of those kids who can’t get enough motivation for governance. If only there was someone who could get out of politics and teach me about a medium I can relate to.

Luckily someone did it and it’s Shinzo Abe Not less! On October 19, Abe posted his first video on his official YouTube channel, not to throw his hat in the upcoming race for PM though. He simply sent his warm greetings to everyone and declared his mission to share his opinions on the streaming platform.

Yes, the same former Prime Minister who proudly said he paid his Facebook and Twitter fees and accidentally @ed a founding member of Twitter’s dev team while trying to wish India’s Prime Minister a happy birthday has become a YouTuber . Of course getting people to press that button and subscribe is just part of his grand plan, Abe is now a member of the Diet and with the election looming his seat is also up for grabs.

▼ Abe’s second video is a message to people in his Shimonoseki and Nagato constituency

Rather than conventional campaign videos, however, it appears to be adopting the YouTuber format with twin-camera stills shooting and breezy dialogue. All that’s missing is background music and occasional sound effects.

It’s a surprising move on the part of the 67-year-old politician, but given the level of fame he comes with, he could really go in the middle. Of course, Abe’s kind of fame in the notoriously decisive political world is a double-edged sword and although his own YouTube videos have their comments disabled, people have wasted no time voicing their opinions elsewhere online. .

“I refuse to subscribe to this channel.”
“He’s going to be the greatest YouTuber of all time!”
“I hope he eats food from different regions and then says ‘juicy!'”
“Finally on a medium where it cannot be censored! I rejoice in your success!
“I can’t wait for him to try Mentos and Coke.”
“Is he going to sing?

Beyond political views, I think we can see the main hurdle that Abe will have to overcome. Being natural in front of a camera is great, but to really succeed as a YouTuber, you have to keep coming up with original content.

Thankfully, the bar for Abe is pretty low. Remember when he slipped into a Mario costume and the whole world went ape? If he starts off slow by reinstalling a door knocker or sharing his love of Black Thunder chocolates, then he’ll be well on his way to garnering so many followers that he won’t even need that lousy MP gig anymore. .

Synergy with other YouTubers is also a big part of making him a YouTuber and since Abe’s channel seems to be focused on improving Japan, I can’t imagine just one person teaming up with Egashira 2 :50.

The thought of Egashira and Abe taking water rockets side by side in the crotch is pretty amazing, but I’m probably stepping forward. The simple act of adapting new technology to reach more people is a welcome change for any Japanese politician.

Maybe the current Prime Minister… uh, Fujiko Fujio can take a page from Abe’s book and try to connect more with us kids too.

Source: YouTube/あべ晋三チャンネル, My Game News Flash
Images: YouTube/あべ晋三チャンネル
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