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TOKYO — A Japanese pupil confirmed as much as commencement as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s lookalike, carrying his signature olive-colored, snug-fit T-shirt and khaki trousers to indicate his help for Ukraine’s struggle in opposition to Russia.

Most commencement ceremonies in Japan characteristic graduates in fits or formal gown. However Kyoto College has its personal custom of scholars who go for completely different apparel on their special occasion.

This yr, Zelenskyy was the star on the occasion.

“I’m President Zelenskyy,” the scholar informed native TV community Yomiuri. He mentioned it took him three months to develop his beard. He determined to be his lookalike for the commencement ceremony Friday, as a result of “since December, after I was rising out my beard, I used to be informed I appear like President Zelenskyy.”

His efficiency was not only a comical cosplay. The scholar, who goes by Amiki on Twitter, was holding an indication carrying messages expressing his help for Ukraine, together with a passage from Zelenskyy’s speech in December at the U.S. Congress.

Within the video from TV Osaka, he mentioned he respects Zelenskyy as “the true man amongst males.”

“We stand for Ukraine! Justice will prevail ultimately, I hope so. Glory to Ukraine,” he tweeted.

The scholar additionally held a wood shamoji — a rice serving spoon — just like the one which Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida presented to Zelenskyy as a gift during his secret trip to Kyiv final week. The rice paddle is a specialty of Hiroshima, the place Kishida is from, and bears a prayer for victory, however was bitterly criticized by opposition lawmakers as “nonsense.”

Giving a rice serving spoon to the chief of a rustic at conflict didn’t appear acceptable, the scholar mentioned. “Nonetheless, I’m glad if the Ukrainian folks have been happy and the normal prayer behind it was conveyed.”

Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Korsunsky retweeted a scene from the video of the Zelenskyy lookalike, in addition to the scholar’s tweets exhibiting solidarity for Ukraine.