Officials in the Shinjuku ward, an area of Tokyo known for its bars and noodle shops, have appointed Godzilla as a “special resident” and tourism ambassador for the region, reports The Guardian.
Toho, the Japanese film company responsible for creating the monster back in 1954, recently unveiled a Godzilla head statue 171 feet above ground level at one of its offices, and will film the return of Godzilla to Tokyo this year, after a decade-long absence.
From the Guardian:
“At an awards ceremony, where the giant Godzilla head was present, an actor in a rubber suit waddled over to the Shinjuku mayor, Kenichi Yoshizumi.
But a Toho executive had to accept the residency certificate for ambassador Godzilla — since the suit’s claws were not designed to grab anything.”
The announcement of Godzilla’s special place as monster-in-residence of the Tokyo region is predicted to boost tourism to Shinjuku, and is part of an overall strategy in Japan to expand its markets.
“Godzilla is a character that is the pride of Japan,” Mayor Kenichi Yoshizumi declared in a statement.