From ‘Pineapple-pen’ to handwashing advice

TOKYO (AFP) – The Japanese comedian who stormed the world with his nonsense Pineapple-pen hit and even entertained President Donald Trump is back with a new message: wash your hands!

The entertainer known as Pikotaro grabbed a Guinness World Record in 2016 for his 45-second Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen or PPAP hit, which became the shortest song to break into the Billboard Hot 100.

And now he has repurposed the catchy if bizarre hit to promote proper handwashing as the world battles the global coronavirus pandemic.

Dressed in his trademark garish animal print with a pencil-thin moustache, Pikotaro swaps out his “I have a pen. I have an apple. Apple pen!” lyrics for “I have a hand. I have a soap. Wash! Wash! Wash! Wash!”

“Clean hand, clean hand,” he adds, displaying his palms before pressing them together, “Pray for People and Peace (PPAP).”

This October 28, 2016 file photo shows Japanese comedian Pikotaro posing during a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo. PHOTO: AFP