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Japan’s racial politics aren’t that advanced.

Still, 30-year-old Ike Nwala has managed to make himself a popular comedian and spokesman in Japanese popular culture. He regularly appears on comedy shows and in commercials.

Nwala first moved to Japan for a job with Goldman Sachs, but left and became an overnight celebrity thanks in part to his ability to code switch between Japanese and English.

Watch his profile via VICE and @ us with your thoughts on his act.

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