Japan artist says latest sticker graffiti aimed at Trump

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TOKYO - Japanese graffiti artist "281 Antinuke" says his latest street art - politically-charged stickers plastered around central Tokyo - takes aim at US President Donald Trump.

Amid the bustling night life of Shibuya, a major shopping and entertainment hub in Tokyo, the artist pastes stickers dealing with social issues to lamp posts and walls to attract the attention of passersby.

His latest postings target the controversial remarks made by Trump about women and minorities during his 2016 campaign.

The stickers show a figure resembling the US president standing between figures in white capes, which symbolise members of the white supremacist group Ku Klux Klan, the artist told Reuters Television in a recent interview.

"My art was produced out of the fear of what may happen to Japan because of such a horrifying leader," 281 Antinuke said, Trump "is saying white supremacist things, things that are much more than America first," he said.

Wearing sunglasses and a white surgical mask, 281 Antinuke declined to give his name or reveal his face, saying he feared retaliation for the political views contained in his art.

Graffiti is also punishable by heavy penalties and frowned upon by Japanese society.

Much of 281 Antinuke's previous artwork criticized nuclear power, inspired after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

The artist said the more political a sticker - other works have criticised Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - the faster it is taken down.

On the busy streets of Shibuya, people who stopped to take a look were initially confused by the anti-Trump stickers.

"My first impression is that they are hard to understand, but once I get the context of it, it's very expressive as an art form," said Tokyo resident Manato Kato.

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  • You've seen Donald Trump in suits before but have you seen him in a kimono?
  • Japanese dollmaker Kyugetsu has created a Trump traditional doll for the upcoming Girl's Day on March 3.
  • Standing 60cm (1.96 feet) tall, the doll was clad in a gold kimono and was presented along with three other dolls, of which one was the governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike.
  • The dolls were unveiled ahead of the March 3 celebrations in Japan dedicated to the health and happiness of girls, called 'Hinamatsuri'.
  • Every year, Japanese "hina" doll maker Kyugetsu chooses the most influential people to make as dolls as part of their collection.
  • "There is talk about his derogatory comments about women, but we made this in the hope he will make the world better including in that respect," Yokoyama Hisatoshi, Senior Vice President of Kyugetsu said.
  • Dolls will be displayed in the store until Girl's Day on March 3.

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