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Japan PM Shinzo Abe Dresses Up As Super Mario At End Of Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 23 / 16

The closing ceremony for Rio 2016 "was passing off as expected" until Japan PM Shinzo Abe "popped out of a giant green pipe dressed up as video game character Mario from the Super Mario games, one of Japan's best-known exports," according to the BBC. It was then "the world got a clue" that, for Toky...

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