Who needs these governors (like the one in Tokyo)?
Surrounded by the young beauties from Asian countries, Yuhei Sato, governor of Fukushima Prefecture, apparently said the following, according to Nikkan Gendai magazine (11/1/2011):
Governor Sato was all smiles in front of 12 Asian beauties from Japan, Korea, Singapore, etc. He emphasized that "Fukushima" became world-famous because of the nuclear accident, and said, "To have done [the show] in Fukushima, I think, will launch your career as world-famous fashion models." He went further, saying "I've been appearing on TV and covered by other media almost every day since March 11. Thanks to this media coverage, I think I may now be the most famous head of the state, or governor, in the world."
The occasion was the modeling contest held in the outskirts of Fukushima City (of all place); this year's winner was Ms. Tan Yin Yin from Singapore.
Fukushima City is now prepping itself for the 27th Annual Ekiden Race featuring women runners from all over eastern Japan, most of them in their mid to late teens, some of them as young as 13. The race will be on November 13 in over 1 microsievert/hour radiation.