“I wasn’t sure how the audience would react,” Abe said.
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Japan Monday reacted with a mix of surprise, delight and cynicism at the sight of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dressed up as video game icon Super Mario in a comical cameo at the close of the Rio Olympic Games.Social media immediately lit up as scenes of Abe wearing a Super Mario costume proved jaw-dropping to Japanese watching the spectacle on television half a world away.Most had apparently never conceived of the normally blue-suited and politically conservative Abe and the moustachioed Mario merging into one.The closing ceremony and transfer of the Olympic flag to Tokyo was the top story in Japan's evening newspapers, with some including short items on Abe's transformation into Super Mario.
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