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Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen and the UN have a new rhyme

Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen and the UN have a new rhyme
Japanese comedian Pikotaro (right) and Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pose to raise awareness about the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo on July 12, 2017. Photo: AP

Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen and the UN have a new rhyme

TOKYO — Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen and the UN are rhyming.

Japanese comedian Pikotaro has adapted his catchy song to promote the United Nations’ sustainable development goals. The original went viral last year after pop star Justin Bieber tweeted that it was his favourite video.

Pikotaro was appointed by Japan’s Foreign Ministry to promote the goals.

The comedian, in his trademark leopard-lizard design outfit, was a bit reserved alongside the more conservatively dressed Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at their appearance on Wednesday (July 12).

But the PPAP star beamed at the invitation to accompany the diplomat to New York and pledged to do utmost for the awareness campaign. They will debut the UN version, SDGs, on Monday.

He also gave Mr Kishida a brief posing lesson, demonstrating hand gestures showing 17 development project areas. AP