While American (and western in general) politicians are ever so intent in that silly competition on who bashes video games harder and while making the least sense, a Japanese politician shows them what they should do instead.
Ichita Yamamoto is the Japanese minister of Science and Technology, and today he paid an official visit to Dragon Quest X. And I don’t mean by visiting Square Enix’s offices or studios. He visited the game itself, from within its servers.
According to Yamamoto-san himself the visit was an institutional one “on behalf of Japan” as part of his duties as IT policies minister, and visiting the game at this time is “very meaningful”. He also encouraged players to say hello if they met him in the game.
Mind you, Yamamoto-san isn’t your usual politician, as he’s also a member of a band, a singer and a songwriter. You can hear one of his songs here.