Chisato Morishita appeared as Megumi Asano in Kamen Rider Ryuki as the former secretary of Shuichi Kitaoka/Kamen Rider Zolda. The actress, now 39, has been nominated as a Brand Manager for the Liberal Democratic Party’s Miyagi 5th District in the next House of Representatives election. The decision was made on March 14.
At a press conference, Morishita stated “I will do my best to meet the expectations and wishes of everyone in the fifth constituency of Miyagi, centered on Ishinomaki.”
Morishita is specifically focusing on recovery in the area from the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. The earthquake struck Tohoku, especially causing great damage to Ishinomaki which faces the Pacific Ocean. During that time period, she was volunteering in soup kitchens and participating in other activities to help in the area. She also personally visited the area, which strengthened her desire to rebuild the area.
“I visited many times and heard from the residents that real reconstruction is still a long way off.” Infrastructure redevelopment has progressed, buildings have been rebuilt, and reconstruction s moving forward. However, many told her that “I can’t go back to how I used to live. I feel lonely because bonds with others were broken.”
But why Ishinomaki in particular? Morishita appeared in Kamen Rider Ryuki, which was her debut work as an actress.
“For me, Ishinomaki is strongly related to Shotaro Ishinomori, the creator of Kamen Rider, and it’s no exaggeration to say he helped raise me during my actress debut.” She went on to say “That work emphasized ‘What is justice’ and what it means to live.” When she asked herself those same questions, she thought of her grandfather and uncle.
Morishita remembered how she wants to do her best for the community and to help others, which is what her life means to her. She wants to give back to the area. Her political activities in Ishinomaki were due to personally connecting with Kamen Rider.
Miyagi’s 5th District is the birthplace of the Constitutional Democratic Party’s Chairman, Jun Azuki. Morishita stated that she wants to take on the challenge and enliven the 5th District after hearing that Azuki had a strong election. She intends on doing her best.
Morishita also posted an update on her official blog in a post titled “From now on, we thank you for your support!”
The update states:
“Elected as the President and Secretary-General of the Fifth Electoral District of the Liberal Democratic Party of Migayi Prefecture, and the Head of the Fifth Electoral District Branch of Miyagi Prefecture at the Prefectural Assembly Meeting.
From now, it will be submitted to the party headquarters after the decision of the prefectural federation.
I will do my best to put the three pillars of policies in place for the people, for reconstruction, and for women, so everyone, thank you for your guidance and support.”
Article Sources Tokyo Sports