A foreign newspaper article makes the rounds on 2ch today, which seems to report a senator from Belgium, who is also an AKB48 fan!
The original newspaper is show below, as well as what appears to be a video summarizing the key points about the senator, who appears to name Istasse Jean-francois. The video below (Japanese only, sorry):
The video seems to present the following story:
Istasse was hospitalized due to illness for about 3 months in 2012. It’s said that he discovered AKB48 during that time, by means of social media. He became more interested in Japanese culture and working society.
According to Istasse: AKB48’s songs talk about difficult problems concerning the heart and working life. Even so, it always sends a message to keep living positively. He says that the concept of positivity has disappeared in Europe, and the faith and beliefs of younger generations are being lost. He believes that’s what they lack these days.
He visited Japan, met with AKB48’s management, and they are planning to hold a concert in Belgium.
Here are some photos of the senator showing off his fandom:
If this is true, all I have to say is: wow! It’s funny and awesome at the same time.
The original newspaper article:
I’m writing about useless and stupid things a lot, and I like to laugh. My policy is 一期一会。It means treasure your meeting with everyone!