Yutaka Umeda, 73, hopes the attention online will help his town with a population of about 15,000 gain recognition. Photo: Handout Yutaka Umeda, 73, hopes the attention online will help his town with a population of about 15,000 gain recognition. Photo: Handout
Yutaka Umeda, 73, hopes the attention online will help his town with a population of about 15,000 gain recognition. Photo: Handout

Japanese mayor ‘Jo Baiden’ welcomes internet fame after US election

  • Yutaka Umeda, mayor of Yamato in Kumamoto Prefecture, was caught by surprise when his family told him that the alternative reading of his name
  • Umeda said he has received many messages following the presidential election results, congratulating him on the success of Joe Biden

Topic |   Japan
Yutaka Umeda, 73, hopes the attention online will help his town with a population of about 15,000 gain recognition. Photo: Handout Yutaka Umeda, 73, hopes the attention online will help his town with a population of about 15,000 gain recognition. Photo: Handout
Yutaka Umeda, 73, hopes the attention online will help his town with a population of about 15,000 gain recognition. Photo: Handout
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