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TV Game Show Contestant
    (August 3, 1975- )
    Born in Fukushima, Japan
    Birth name was Namatsu Tomoaki
    Contestant on 'Susunu! Denpa Shonen'
    Was locked naked in an apartment and was allowed to live only on items won through mail-in sweepstakes
    Was to be released after winning one million yen (about $10,000) in prizes
    Took fifteen months to complete (January, 1998-March, 1999)
    He was nicknamed 'Nasubi' (eggplant) for the shape of his head.
    The producers are suspected of helping him during the two weeks before he won his first food.
    He threw a conniption fit when the producers moved him to a new apartment (officially to 'change his luck' but really because the press had figured out where he was) and accidentally left his rice behind.
    The only clothes he won were women's panties that did not fit, so he went naked the entire fifteen months.
    The producers employed over a dozen technicians to keep a cartoon eggplant superimposed over his genitals on the internet feed of his activities.
    Although he knew was being filmed, he was not told that he was being shown live on the internet.
    A doctor visited him after five months and reported that although he had lost a lot of weight, he was otherwise in good health.
    He was remarkably cheerful, doing a victory dance for every prize.
    After he finally won the million yen, the producers took him to Korea for his favorite meal, Korean barbecue.
    After the meal, they locked him in another room until he earned the money for his airfare home.
    When he won the money too quickly, the producers changed the goal to a first-class ticket.
    The diary he wrote during his confinement became a best-seller in Japan.

Credit: C. Fishel

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