His involvement in the closing ceremonies of the Olympics is something that won't be forgotten soon, when he appeared in the video presentation revealing that Tokyo will be the next host city for the 2020 Olympics.
The same video also featured cameo appearances by Japanese Olympic icons as well as anime and video game icons such as Hello Kitty, Captain Tsubasa, Pac-Man and Doraemon. Abe was depicted as being still in Tokyo, running late for the closing ceremonies in Rio. He "transformed" into Super Mario and ran in the hopes that he'll make it in time. Doraemon went to the rescue, bringing out a warp pipe for Mario to cross to the other side of the globe.
And from the pipe at the arena in Rio came out the prime minister himself, dressed up as the video game icon, much to the delight of the spectators.
Who will be the one to light up the Olympic torch when the time comes? Will it be Sonic the Hedgehog? Or perhaps Son Goku? Or will it be Rockman? Or Ryu?
All we can do is wait four more years.