On Sunday, Dan, a popular gravure (pin-up) idol and actress, said on the TBS weekly variety program “Sunday Japon” that she didn’t know why she would become a candidate after comedian Yuji Tanaka mentioned the speculation. “April Fool’s Day was two days ago,” she giggled.
The LDP had viewed Ototake as a person who typifies Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s initiative that strives for all (of the roughly) 100 million people to play an active role in society. However, revelations of adulterous escapades by the author have removed him from consideration.
This is not the first time that Dan, who rose to popularity in 2013 following the release of the SM film “Be My Slave,” has been the subject of speculation regarding politics. Last year, she appeared on the same program while wearing a pin that seemingly opposed the government’s push to revise the constitution.