Prime Minister Abe got to talk with the following episode's guest Kimura, about which comedian Ryo Fukawa (39) had something to say on his radio program.
* When he was told that First-lady Akie was a huge fan, he said "Ha---i, arigatou gozaimasu".
Prime Minister Abe was able to talk to the guest of the next episode, Kimura, towards the end of the segment.
Mr. Abe has previously met Kimura in person when he guested on SMAPxSMAP's segment "BISTRO SMAP" back in 2005. The Prime Minister started off by saying, "Ah, moshi-moshi, uhm, this is Shinzo Abe speaking", sounding a bit uneasy. Kimura then answered with a slight laugh in his tone, "Hello, this is Takuya Kimura".
When the Prime Minister was on BISTRO SMAP, he liked the buckwheat noodles that Kimura prepared, which eventually gave the victory to Kimura's team. Kimura remembered this and said, "Thank you very much back then. Please do come by again, this time as the Prime Minister.". Mr. Abe replied politely, "Thank you very much, let's do it again".
Upon hearing that Mr. Abe's wife, first lady Akie-san is a huge fan of Kimura-san, he just said "Ha----i, arigatou gozaimasu", and that was where their conversation ended.
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"Yes, I'm good on that day."
"I'll be waiting for you."
It did sound like Kimura wasn't too enthusiastic over the phone.
Some reactions on the Internet were:
"So surreal! www"
"The Prime Minister and KimuTaku talking on the phone w",
as a lot expressed their enjoyment over the situation, while others also pointed out:
"KimuTaku didn't sound too friendly over the phone."
"Umm, KimuTaku kinda sounded abrupt while he was talking with the Prime Minister, was he in a bad mood? w"
"Am I the only one who thought that KimuTaku had such a bad attitude?".
* "I agree with Fukawa", "It's not the right attitude to take when talking to someone of higher standing than you".
Ryo Fukawa also talked about this matter on his radio program ROCKETMAN SHOW (J-WAVE) on March 23.
Apart from Secretary-General Akihiro Ohata of the Democratic Party voicing out that "This is not the time (for the Prime Minister) to be appearing on variety shows", some of the public also expressed their thoughts: "Know your place", "Are you trying to gain popularity this way?". Fukawa however defended Mr. Abe and said, "I didn't really see anything wrong with it. It's not right to criticize everything, you know.".
He then continued: "But if I were to say something, I was actually more concerned about the way 'that person' responded to him over the phone. Well, you can actually just sum it up as a cute little conversation, but considering that you were allowed to guest on the last few days of the show, I don't think that was the right kind of reaction. I'm talking about the next guest. You know, the show's about to end in a few days. I'm not sure what the situation is, but with the Prime Minister and Tamori-san on the other end of the line, I didn't know what was going on when he went on to answer the phone. I'm not sure if he tried to make himself look bigger, or if that was his natural way of speaking. It was a bit disappointing".
Fukawa did not name names, but he was obviously talking about Kimura. Radio listeners then commented on the Internet that "I agree with Fukawa", "It's not the right attitude to take when talking to someone of higher standing than you", as a lot sympathized with his reaction.
I can’t stand how he’s made that change into an intelligent character.
Maybe he didn’t know how to talk properly and show respect to someone who had a higher standing than himself.
He might be better off lashing out at a pencil eraser instead.
This is gonna get exciting.
It’s just his persona.
Might be the right time to pick a fight with him.
Give it your best, Fukawa.
He’s actually being ignored by the TV industry anyway, so it seems like he gets to say what he wants.
I think it was a calm and manly reaction by a 40-year-old man to the Prime Minister
I think even the listeners only started realizing it once Fukawa started talking about it.
I felt the same way when I saw that so I agree with this. w Really, what was that all about? w
Isn’t he actually stronger?
He should’ve done this 10 years ago.
> "Hey, isn’t SMAP horrible? So this is what you call 'Japanese entertainment'..."
Which sets Goro-chan apart from him since he gets to play golf with the elderly people from major companies.
I hate people like him who bash declining artists the most.
Well, he’s not exactly an amazing leader, but someone as huge as Mr. “Mateyo” should at least be a bit more... you know.
A rich kid who was a NEET? Hah.
I think he’s a pretty decent chap. He didn’t graduate from Keio for nothing.
He’s just being made to do that, so people should still consider him as “KimuTaku”.
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