In a rather odd piece of news, the fictional Pokémon character Pikachu has been appointed as an ambassador to promote the Japanese city of Osaka. Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Tarō Kōno, made the appointment official in a ceremony earlier this week. Pikachu will work alongside Hello Kitty in this important government role.

Pikachu has been full of surprises recently. Despite having only said his own name across years of anime and video game canon, Pikachu widened his vocabulary significantly in Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You, where the iconic electric mouse poured his heart out to Ash Ketchum with an emotionally-charged monologue. Pikachu will show off another of his little-known skillsets in the upcoming film
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Pikachu Named Ambassador To Japanese City Osaka