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An actor-turned-politician is promoting tax payments in a Japanese region through the medium of a bizarre video starring an “alien sausage” mascot.
Former comedian Hideo Higashikokubaru (also known as Sonomanma Higashi) appears in a promotional video for a new tax scheme with the bright red mascot called Sou Seiji, the J-Town website reports.
They are publicising a scheme in Soo, a city in the eastern Kagoshima prefecture, where residents can offset their taxes by making donations to the city for local projects.
Money can be used to support local businesses, help the elderly, and promote a higher birth rate to counter a falling population, the city’s website says.
Sou Seiji arrived in the city two years ago to represent the locality’s pork and beef industry, and is one of a number of mascots promoting the locality.