Japanese ‘Skull Reaper’ banned from city council duty over wrestling mask

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Campaigning on educational reform and improved social welfarefacilities, the 44-year-old won only 2,828 votes, but that wasenough for him to get a seat on the city council. He says peopleelected him as Skull Reaper and he wanted to do his part for thecity as this persona.But before his first council meeting, other councilors said itwas inappropriate for a member of the assembly to conceal hisidentity by wearing a mask. They referred to a rule of the councilstating that “hats, capes and the like” are not allowed in thechamber.Skull Reaper A-ji refused the request, and instead pointed tothe fact that he has done a lot of charitable work for thecommunity in the last decade, including visiting institutions forpeople with physical disabilities.“People find it easy to come up and talk to me because I havea mask on,” he told the Nishinippon Shimbun, a Japanesedaily.“My mask is my uniform, I even wear it to weddings, so I willnot remove it,” he added.“If I take my mask off, I’m an entirely different person. Iwill not take it off,” he told the newspaper Nikkan Sportsafter he was told of the decision.But all parties in the council agreed that Skull Reaper A-jicould use his ring name, as it was the name he used to be votedinto office.Other politicians in Japan who wear masks have been elected atlocal level, including a councilor with the nickname Super Delfinin Osaka and a former professional wrestler who was elected torepresent the Iwate Prefecture in the north of Japan in 2003.

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