Given this story and this story, I think the next step for Japan is obvious:
You know it makes sense, in these troubled financial times the savings in salary and pension alone would be worth it. Not to mention the benefits from reduced costs for security, diplomatic visits, official cars and the like.
And given the AKB48 success, it would be all too easy for Japan to improve on Britain’s earlier attempt to make a 3D image Prime Minister, which convinced nobody:
Vote CGI PM!