In­done­sia’s Mar­itime Min­is­ter Makes a Cameo in Ja­panese Comic Golgo13

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Susi Pud­ji­as­tuti re­cently gained pop­u­lar­ity in Ja­pan. Her trade­mark ac­tion of blow­ing up boats guilty of il­le­gal fish­ing in­spired Ja­panese manga

(a term to de­fine Ja­panese comic) artist Takao Saito. This In­done­sian Min­is­ter of Mar­itime Af­fairs and Fish­eries caught the world’s at­ten­tion through her ec­cen­tric be­hav­iour and unique mind­set. Since Pud­ji­as­tuti be­came min­is­ter in 2014, she has de­stroyed at least 300 lo­cal and for­eign ves­sels in­volved in il­le­gal fish­ing.

Granted, her ac­tions have suc­cess­fully re­duced il­le­gal fish­ing cases and in­creased In­done­sian fish­eries’ pro­duc­tiv­ity rates. In fact, the lo­cal fish­ery and aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try saw a more than 100 per­cent boost in fish­ery catches be­tween the first and sec­ond quar­ters of 2016.

Pud­ji­as­tuti may have cre­ated en­e­mies, but she has also in­spired coun­tries in­clud­ing Laos, Myan­mar, Thai­land and Viet­nam.

She ap­peared in Saito’s lat­est episode of Ja­panese manga Golgo 13. What makes the comic fa­mous is that it was cre­ated in 1968 and is still run­ning, mak­ing it the long­est manga comic ever cre­ated in Ja­pan.

The char­ac­ter was never named Susi (in­stead Saito named her Supi), but it is clear from the re­sem­blance of the pic­ture and the fact that the story took place in In­done­sia and Ti­mor- Leste. In the comic, Saito de­scribes a char­ac­ter Supi who was ques­tioned for blow­ing up boats in Malaysia and Viet­nam for il­le­gal fish­ing.

When first in­formed, the real life Pud­ji­as­tuti ex­pressed slight worry. “Ahhh, now I un­der­stand what the con­tent is about. I thought I was go­ing to be bul­lied again, but the story is okay. In­done­sia is proud,” she tweeted in re­ply to a lo­cal Twit­ter user @ Vi­ci­hansan_ gung.

Re­port­edly, Pud­ji­as­tuti also asked for copies of the comic to be shown to her chil­dren. She plans to meet Saito in Ja­pan in Au­gust this year.

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