Bird-Like Character 'Bo Emon' Mystifies Japan in Government Video

The government commissioned the 18-minute video.

As Japan steadily widens the scope of its military, some are questioning this new direction and the role the military, known as the Japan Self Defense Forces, will play in regional and global affairs.

Enter Bo-Emon -- a “mysterious yet cute creature whose age and gender are unknown," as one viewer put it -- to explain the situation.

Bo-Emon clearly explains the role and purpose of Japan’s Self Defense Forces to viewers. Or does he?

Folks at Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing were shown the video and asked their thoughts. See the video above.

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