Earlier, we talked about Japan's teaser for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.
But viewers in Japan who tuned into the broadcast of Rio's closing ceremony yesterday morning were surprised to see their normally sober leader pop out of an oversized green drainpipe dressed as Super Mario, the character from the popular Nintendo video game.
The Tokyo Games have been hit by series of issues including the scrapping of plans for the main stadium, which have led to delays in construction, and plagiarism allegations which have forced organisers to ditch the original logo for the Games.
While Japan's electronic recycling produces more than enough precious medal each year to forge the Olympic prizes, most of that material is already being used to create yet more electronics.
For its part the brand says it isn't officially associated with the 2020 Games and won't be a sponsor, but no doubt is evaluating its creative opportunities for the Tokyo Games after the world's response to its unofficial cameo. This surpasses the amount of each metal used for the medals bestowed at the London Olympics in 2012.
A meeting was held on June 10 where Tokyo Olympics officials met with government members and representatives from a mobile phone company, precious metals company, and recycling companies. Bronze medals were made with copper waste from the national mint, and even the ribbons were crafted from recycled plastic.
To combat this, Kuroda is simply calling for more electronics to be recycled.
A lot of the electronics now collected through the programmes are already being recycled into other products, meaning that more of the electronics Japan's residents discard each year will need to be collected.
"A collection system should be created by the private sector, and central and local governments should be in charge of publicising such private services".