ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

We have all heard of the wonderful heroes that earn the monicker of real life superhero, but Japan has delivered the weirdest one yet.

Equal parts environmentalist, Buddhist priest, artist and grasshopper, Shinjiro Kumagai spends his days crafting statues out of old aluminum cans in the city of Kitakyushu, but like any good superhero... he has another identity.

When night falls, Kumagi dresses up as Japanese sci-fi TV icon, Kamen Rider, and speeds around the city on his Cyclone motorbike to hunt down irresponsible drunk drivers.

While this might all sound unbelievably eccentric, Kumagai is officially funded and supported by the local police and has been given an arm band to recognize him as an official patrolman.

Unsurprisingly, the locals have taken a shine to Kumagi's presence in the city. A local shopkeeper spoke out to The Mirror and told the British newspaper that:

He is doing a very good job. On one hand it is quite geeky and comical although the kids love to see him riding around. Kamen Rider is a big thing in Japan. But on the other he is actually raising awareness of the dangers of drink driving and is catching people at it who he then reports to the police. Every city should have a Kamen Rider

You can see Kumagi in action on his nightly street patrols in the video below:


Is Shinjiro Kumagai the weirdest real life superhero you've ever seen?

(Source: The Mirror)


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