Yukio Aoshima (comedian); Governor of Tokyo Prefecture, 1995-1999)Yes. Kensaku Morita is the first entertainer without a purely comedic background to be elected governor.
Yokoyama Knock (comedian); Governor of Osaka Prefecture, 1995-1999)
Hideo Higashikoubaru (comedian); Governor of Miyazaki Prefecture, 2007-
I can also remember off the top of my head a failed-comedy-duo-turned-successful-writers (Akiyuki Nosaka and Chinpei Nozue) and a far more successful comedian Kiyoshi Nishikawa serving in the Diet. Does Japan have a thing for laughs or what?
And Al Franken still hasn’t been seated in the U.S. Senate. (Talk of a long count.)
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