Turns out those speaking skills came in handy for Pikachu after all.

The famous Pokémon has been appointed ambassador for the Japanese city of Osaka, Taro Kono, Japan’s minister for foreign affairs announced in a tweet.

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At the ceremony, Kono also appointed Hello Kitty to the role.

I have appointed Pikachu and Hello Kitty as Ambassador to promote the City of Osaka for the 2025 Expo host

— KONO Taro (@konotaromp) November 29, 2017

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