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Power Rangers-Suited Man Is An Everyday Hero In Tokyo Subways

Man dons Power Rangers suit to help people in the Tokyo subway, carrying strollers and heavy objects up and down stairs.

Daniela Walker
Daniela Walker on August 29, 2013. @emptyofpocket

There is a masked avenger on the streets of Tokyo seeking justice in an injust world – well, not quite. But there is a man in a Power Rangers suit helping strangers down to the subway platform. Tadahiro Kanemasu is a costumed good Samaritan, helping old ladies, carrying strollers and heavy objects down the steps of a dimly lit underground stairwell.

Kanemasu, a 27-year-old organic green grocer, was inspired by children who would come into the store in their own costumes. He spares a couple hours each to his good deed, standing by the same Tokyo subway to help those who struggle with the steps.

Kanemasu told Reuters:

Japanese people find it hard to accept help, they feel obligated to the other person, so the mask really helps me out. When I first began, people basically said ‘Get away from me, you weirdo.’ Now they still think I’m weird but in a good way.

Kanemasu is looking to expand his hero service, hoping to recruit others in different colored Ranger suits.

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