July 28, 2016
Taro Yamamoto was born on November 24, 1974. At age 18, he entered the entertainment industry after being discovered during a high school dance competition. Surrounded by many dancers who were dancing hip hop, jazz, and other more recognized forms of dance, Yamamoto appeared dressed only in a bathing suit and swimming cap and while he swinging a cane, he exclaimed “melorin Q!” which as it turns out is complete gibberish. Later he performed Strawberry Q! (also gibberish) which is an alternate version of Melorin Q! His funny performance stood out among the other more serious dancers and he soon became popular across Japan which allowed him to enter the entertainment industry. He primarily worked as an actor and appeared in many movies and television shows. He also appeared on a few shows as a host. After the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in March 2011, Yamamoto became heavily involved Japan’s anti-nuclear power movement. He often travels overseas to learn about foreign nuclear energy policy and participate in the anti-nuclear power movement abroad. He first ran for public office in the Japanese Lower House election of 2012 in Tokyo’s District 8. He was defeated by his opponent, however in 2013 he ran again, this time for the Upper House and was elected. He established his own political party called the Party One for Now in December 2012, which, in March 2013 he changed to The Party One by One. In December 2014, Yamamoto merged with People’s Lives Party and currently serving as the co-leader of the party with Ichiro Ozawa.