Japanese Town of Obama Has New Hero

"There also was a TV character named Hirari on Japanese television at that time. Hirari means quickly or swiftly in Japanese," said Hara, "So we named the machine Hillary because the machine can be quickly or easily maneuvered. We also like the sound of the name and what it represented in the United States."

The company has sold more than 20,000 units of "Hillary" at $3,400 apiece.

"Mrs. Clinton is just like our Hillary — the machine is small but it can carry any material that weighs up to 660 pounds. Compact and durable — isn't Hillary Clinton like that?" said Hara.

Hara said the U.S. presidential race has been a source of widespread conversation among employees as they watch their favorite candidates fight the battle.

"I heard some women in the U.S. do not like Mrs. Clinton," Hara said. "Our female employees say they like her. She represents a hope and a change for America. They look up to her."

The company has products named after celebrities both from home and abroad. The company introduced an industrial strength weed clipper named "Bush Cutter George Jr." in 2003. With a price tag of $63,000, the sales of Bush Cutter George Jr. have been slow compared to those of Hillary. "But people love the name — Bush Cutter George Jr. — this name made the machine famous," said Hara.

"So even when President Bush ends his work at the White House, our George Jr. will continue to work for us."

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