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Japan's Real Life Kick-Ass Is Very Helpful

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In the movie, a regular teenager is determined to become a superhero. For 27 year-old Tadahiro Kanemasu, he just wanted to be a Good Samaritan.

For the last several months, Kanemasu has set up shop outside Tokyo Metro's Honancho Station. The station doesn't have an elevator or escalator, which can make it incredibly difficult for mothers (or fathers!) with strollers as well as elderly people with shopping bags to descend the long staircase to the underground station.


"Japanese people find it hard to accept help, they feel obligated to the other person, so the mask really helps me out," Kanemasu told Reuters.


Kanemasu decided to don a Power Rangers outfit he picked up at a discount store. A greengrocer by trade, Kanemasu decided to go with green to reflect his day job. It was there that he got the inspiration after seeing small kids at the grocery store where he works.

At the station's street level, Kanemasu waits for commuters who need a helping hand. A chalkboard reads, "Baby Carriage Carrying Ranger." When he sees people who need a hand, he rushes over, saying, "I'll help you carry that!" Kanemasu does this free of charge, of course.

"When I first began, people basically said 'Get away from me, you weirdo'," he said. "Now they still think I'm weird but in a good way." His kind heart has been profiled in the Japanese press and on television.


Since Kanemasu only has time to offer help a few hours a day, he might want to expand to a full roster of Baby Carriage Rangers. He's already gotten inquiries about possible openings for a Red and a Pink Ranger. Now that would be kick-ass.


ベビーカーおろすんジャー参上 階段しかない方南町駅 [Asahi]

Masked hero hauls bags, babies up and down Tokyo subway stairs [Reuters]

Photos: 紫陽花ころコロ, もうふパパの部屋3, 心は、青春!, tihiroxx, Nanorenai, nsw2072

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