Japanese Prime Minister dons Super Mario disguise at the Olympics

Technically Incorrect: As the baton is passed from Rio to Tokyo in 2020, Shinzo Abe appears as Nintendo's famous gaming character.

Chris Matyszczyk
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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

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Yes, his real name is Mario.

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The Olympics, which concluded in Rio on Sunday, had its moments.

The women's volleyball players proved that they are the world's greatest and most underrated athletes.

America showed that it could still beat China on occasion.

Goodness, even the Brits beat China.

The closing ceremony often offers fine moments too, as the host nation begins to breathe a sigh of relief and the host nation to-be gasps and wonders how much this will all cost.

Rio is passing the baton to Tokyo.

To mark this occasion, Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe revealed that, like a lot of politicians, he's just a character who plays games.

More specifically, he dressed up as Mario of Nintendo's Super Mario game and emerged at the Maracana stadium through a green pipe before the world.

The whole idea behind this amusement was that he thought he'd be late for the ceremony. Tokyo is a long way, after all.

So Doraemon the Japanese manga cat gave him the green pipe. This was not a pipe to smoke pot through, but one to be personally and bodily smoked through all the way to Brazil.

There, Abe emerged, removed his disguise and waved his Mario hat with quite practiced smoothness.

This, quite naturally, might lead some to wonder what tech-related disguise other political leaders might have adopted if they had been in Abe's position.

Hillary Clinton would surely have dressed up as Edward Snowden. He knows about emails.

The sturdy of soul might suggest Donald Trump would appear as the Annoying Orange.

While Vladimir Putin would have clung to his nation's Olympic spirit and turned up as a drug dealer from Grand Theft Auto.

Abe's appearance portends well for the next games. Japan is a lovely country renowned for its gracious hospitality, style and decency.

In four years' time, perhaps no one will have to watch NBC's tape-delayed display of hubris and instead we'll all just don masks to watch the whole thing in virtual reality.

Which should be quite something if the Mongolian wrestling coaches stage another protest by performing an impromptu strip.