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'Grasshopper' superhero aids police in Japan

By T.K. Randall
April 19, 2015 · Comment icon 20 comments

Kumagai in full costume out and about on his motorcycle. Image Credit: YouTube
In his spare time Shinjiro Kumagai dons a giant grasshopper outfit and helps hunt down drink-drivers.
An artist by trade, Kumagai's motorbike-riding alter-ego is inspired by 1970s Japanese superhero TV series Kamen Rider 1 which followed a group of Kamen Riders ( or masked riders ) as they attempted to take down a nefarious organization.

Despite his unorthodox methods however the vigilante crime-fighter is supported not only by the local police but by a Buddhist priest called Fukumitsu who, being a huge fan of the series, contributes enough funds to help keep him out on the streets.
The insect-inspired superhero has already turned out to be quite a hit with the city's residents and he has appeared in numerous photographs and videos on social media.

His attempts to raise awareness about drink-driving have also proven to be quite effective and he has helped local authorities on several occasions by reporting any violations that he sees.

"He is doing a very good job," said a local shopkeeper. "Every city should have a Kamen Rider."

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (20)

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Comment icon #11 Posted by theotherguy 9 years ago
Does he have theme music? If not, he needs some.
Comment icon #12 Posted by zac509 9 years ago
I dont drink im going to japan (hic)
Comment icon #13 Posted by Astra- 9 years ago
As long as the little fella doesn't cross paths with an angry drunk driving Sumo....all should be good in the world
Comment icon #14 Posted by mynameisachu 9 years ago
its a bird its a plain, NO its a weirdo on a bike.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Torviking 9 years ago
I notice no one has been brave enough to to comment on the name of the Buddist priest? Not like you lot lol.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Sundew 9 years ago
Grasshopper Man, able to gnaw crops to the ground in a single bound!
Comment icon #17 Posted by Robert1 9 years ago
I love the fact that Japan can be so weird. There are days when I really need a good laugh.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Karasu 9 years ago
What exactly is a "drink-driver"? I asked myself the same question.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Karasu 9 years ago
This sounds like it could be a pretty cool tokusatsu albeit, a very weirdly specific one.
Comment icon #20 Posted by aquatus1 9 years ago
Hey...if it works...

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