Who doesn’t like the super strong and fascinating anime character Son Goku from Dragon Ball Z? No one and definitely not the Olympic Committee who have proved their love for the character. Apparently, the character has been decided to be the official ambassador¬†of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Goku is not alone to get this honor. He will feature alongside other significant Japanese pop culture icons like Naruto, One Piece’s Luffy, Sailor Moon and even the popular Nintendo character, Mario.

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Japan is the home of anime and it has always been a significant part of their pop culture. During the closing ceremony of Rio Olympics 2016, it was announced by the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe that the Japanese Culture will be a significant part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (He even appeared dressed as Mario in the closing ceremony). Inculcating these characters in the promotion of the event has been done to bring it to the attention of the younger audience. The merchandises available on the official site are also labeled with several more anime characters.

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The characters are popular worldwide so they might help in bringing it to the attention of youngsters all over the globe, not just Japan. This move by the Olympic Committee might also help the anime industry to flourish in the west.