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Lawmaker Who Won’t Take Off His Mask For Meetings Is a Hero

What is a hero? It’s impossible to define. Most heroes simply say they were in the right place at the right time, which is certainly one way to be a hero. But it’s also principle. It’s sticking by your guns. It’s looking those who would challenge your dearest beliefs in the face and telling them “no.” And, in the case of Japanese lawmaker/pro-wrestler “Skull Reaper A-ji,” it’s not removing your amazing lucha libre mask for council meetings, despite repeated requests that you do so. Skull Reaper was elected to his position fair and square, mask and all, and is not about to change his ways just because The Man tells him to do so. “If I take my mask off, I’m an entirely different person,” he explains, calmly, like a hero. “I will not take it off.” The world needs a million like him …

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