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Wednesday, 14th October 2009
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Ex-Japanese PM gets voiceover role

Ex-Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi has been given a voice role in an upcoming film featuring one of the country's best-loved cartoon characters.

Koizumi, who stepped down from the role of prime minister three years ago, will voice Ultraman, who has been a fixture of Japanese TV for decades, in the upcoming Ultraman King film adaption, which is set to be released in December.

The 67-year-old was prime minister of the country for five years and was one of the most popular leaders ever seen in Japan.

In the new film, Koizumi is to be seen firing light at his enemies and declaring that they need to "pay for their transgression".

"No-one else can play this significant role except for former premier Koizumi, who once led the country," said Junko Kitazawa of the Tsuburaya Production firm which is making the film adaption.

Ultraman has been on TV in Japan since 1966 and is a superhero charged with saving the planet from monsters.

Written by Kimberley Homer.