The ongoing dispute between the Japanese central government and Okinawa over the relocation of U.S. military bases has finally been settled by a paper, rock, scissors tournament broadcast on live TV.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga both came out wearing superbly designed costumes with Abe being dressed as Tokyo Tower.
“We’d run out of all other options so this was the only reasonable way to deal with the situation,” said one government spokesman.
PM Abe prevailed in the best-out-of-three bout, controversially securing the victory with the lesser-known hand grenade move by quickly raising his thumb from the rock position late into the jan ken thrust.
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga told reporters he would investigate the legitimacy of the grenade move with many others already calling for a re-match.
“I’d like to thank all of my supporters and most of all Aki Suzuki, my brilliant costume designer,” said PM Abe.