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Masked hero to the rescue at a Tokyo subway station

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 01:24

Aug. 22 - A Japanese man in a mask and a green outfit hauls bags and strollers up and down Tokyo subway stairs. Tara Cleary reports.

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Japan's subway superhero, reporting for duty. Tadahiro Kanemasu, A.K.A. the "Carry-Your-Pram-Ranger" has been helping people at this Tokyo station for the past three months. The 27-year-old was inspired by the children he meets at work. SOUNDBITE: Tadahiro Kanemasu, subway hero and worker at a greengrocer, saying (Japanese): "When I started this thing, people called me a weird guy and were even telling me to back off. But after several months, they're now calling me a 'good, weird guy' and are friendly to me." And these people agree. SOUNDBITE: Akiko Tsuboki, mother of a 5-year-old, saying (Japanese): "This station has neither escalators nor barrier-free equipment, so people really appreciate his service." SOUNDBITE: Natsumi Harashima, businesswoman, saying (Japanese): "He was a great help ... though I thought he's a bit odd." But why the masked outfit? SOUNDBITE: Tadahiro Kanemasu, subway hero and worker at a greengrocer, saying (Japanese): "Japanese people find it hard to offer or accept help because they feel obligated to the other person, so putting this mask on really helps me out." Kanemasu hopes to expand his superhero operation. SOUNDBITE: Tadahiro Kanemasu, subway hero and worker at a greengrocer, saying (Japanese): "I want to see red, blue, yellow and pink rangers joining me." But in the meantime, he'll have to carry out his superhero mission alone.

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Masked hero to the rescue at a Tokyo subway station

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 01:24