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The most influential person in Japan, Takeshi Kitano

The most influential person in Japan is filmmaker Takeshi Kitano, well-known abroad for his bleak gangster films and at home for his deadpan television personality, according to an Internet survey released by Sankei news Thursday. Mr. Kitano’s crowning is representative of the rest of the top 100 ranking where entertainers overshadowed the country’s political and business leaders.

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan played second fiddle to the movie director, maker of Zatoichi and Fireworks, or “Hana-bi” in Japanese, who also answers to nickname “Beat Takeshi”.

Read the rest of the story: Takeshi Kitano, Hatoyama and Honda Voted Among Japan’s 100 Most Influential People.