Calendars featuring Vladimir Putin are outselling all others in Japan. Photo: Twitter

Sales of calendars featuring Russian leader Vladimir Putin are outstripping all others in Japan

  • Young women appear to be the ones driving demand, though quite why the Russian leader is so appealing remains somewhat of a mystery
  • Putin’s popularity has knocked home-grown acting star Kei Tanaka into second place, followed by Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu
Topic |   Japan

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Calendars featuring Vladimir Putin are outselling all others in Japan. Photo: Twitter
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.