January 11, 2011 6:16 AM Subscribe
Anonymous "superheroes" are making deliveries to orphanages all across Japan.
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The donations of schoolbags, stationery, cash, and even bushels of rice
are often accompanied by letters signed "Date Naoto," the real name of a fictional wrestler from the eponymous 1970 manga Tiger Mask
. In the manga, Date Naoto, who was raised in an orphanage, got his start in wrestling as a heel
, but gradually realizing that children saw him as a role model he took on the name Tiger Mask and donated his prize winnings to orphanages as his "alter ego," Date Naoto.
Although the movement started with a single donation on December 25 in Gunma Prefecture, as of today there have been over 100 reported cases
across the country. One was even caught on television