‘Golgo 13’ anime helps Japanese travelers stay safe while abroad

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Foreign Ministry on Friday launched online videos, in which Duke Togo, the main character of popular manga “Golgo 13,” calls on Japanese companies and people to take measures to keep themselves safe overseas.

In the videos, Japanese actor Hiroshi Tachi provides the voice of Duke Togo, a professional assassin, and Foreign Minister Taro Kono plays the role of “Foreign Minister Takakura.”

A total of 13 episodes will be provided, with one episode to be released each week.

In Episode 1, released Friday, Takakura asks Duke Togo for support in making small and midsize Japanese firms operating abroad well informed of measures to protect themselves from terrorist attacks.

Duke Togo accepts the request, and he will be sent to various overseas locations to implement the mission in later episodes.

The videos will become available on international flights of Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways for a certain period from this summer, according to the ministry.

Kono spoke with Tachi and Takao Saito, the author of “Golgo 13,” at the ministry on Friday.

“I’m honored to have received the offer,” Tachi said. Saito said: “I’ve been concerned that Japanese people are careless about their safety. I hope the videos will help people improve their safety awareness.”

Following a hostage crisis in Dhaka in July 2016, in which 20 people, including seven Japanese citizens, were killed, the ministry last year produced manuals on safety measures abroad featuring “Golgo 13.”Speech

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