Unconfirmed believer in the paranormal and full-time prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, still hasn't moved into the Koutei, a Tokyo mansion where prime ministers of Japan are supposed to live, since coming into power in December. His political opponents are now mocking Abe for being afraid of ghosts — and having looked into the history of the place, well, we don't exactly blame him.
"There are rumours that the official residence is haunted by ghosts. Is it true? Does Prime Minister Abe refuse to move to the official residence because of the rumours?" So reads a letter obtained by the Agence France Presse, send by an unnamed opposition member to Abe's cabinet. Because politics is politics, that opposition member is trying to turn said rumors into questions about Abe's courage — the anonymous politician insisted that Abe's delay in moving "could delay Abe's response time in emergencies," the AFP reports. It's the infamous and unending 3 a.m. phone call all over again.
But this elected rumor-mongerer might be onto something about the paranormal activity inside the Koutei, which is right next to the Kantei, Abe's executive office. The prime minister's residence does have a pretty scary-sounding history: "There are bullet holes on the glass above the main entrance, said to have been left when the residence came under attack during a number of coup attempts as Japan went down the path to militarism in the 1930s," reads a 2012 report from The Wall Street Journal. One of those coup attempts ended with the murder of a prime minister.