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Carnival masks celebrate Brazil’s newest hero

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 01:19

''The Japanese Federal'' could be the face of Carnival. Angela Moore reports.

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In the midst of its largest ever corruption scandal, Brazil has few heroes. But as Carnival approaches, one man is giving Brazilians something to celebrate. Federal police agent Newton Ishii, known as "The Japanese Federal" has become a media sensation. He is frequently seen escorting business executives and politicians who are accused of corruption. He has become so popular, he just might be the face of this year's Carnival. In Rio, one factory is hard at work creating masks resembling the policeman - and include his gray hair and dark sunglasses. SOUNDBITE: Olga Valles, factory owner, saying (Portuguese): "We are lacking in heroes, someone who does something right. This spurs us on, makes carnival more animated. I think 'The Japanese Federal' will be a success, he already is a success. When people see him in the papers, they speak of him affectionately. This is important, it politicizes people, it makes us see what is good and what is bad, that is how I see it." The factory is also making masks of Brazil's Lower House Speaker Eduardo Cunha, who is under investigation by an ethics committee - making this year's Carnival celebrations anything but politics as usual.

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Carnival masks celebrate Brazil’s newest hero

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 01:19