This statue is the same one that had been at the Love Me Tender speciality store in Tokyo's Harajuku since 1987 but it was removed because the store had closed in January, 2009.
The statue was originally paid for by the former prime minister, along with contributions from singer Akiko Wada, other celebrities and several hundred fans. Koizumi said that his love for Presley was sometimes handy to heal diplomatic relations.
Presley statues can be found in the following places:
United States of America:
13. Nauheim - Germany (marble), 14. Friedburg - Germany (marble), 15. Genoa - Italy (wood), 16. Liverpool - England (bronze), 17. Gloucester - England (bronze), 18. Cracow - Poland (solid rock), 19. Madeira - Portugal (sand).
20/21. Tel Aviv - Israel (bronze), 22. Jerusalem - Israel (wood), 23. Casamance - Senegal (wood), 24. Kobe - Japan (bronze), 25. Bangkok - Thailand (bronze), 26. Auckland - New Zealand (marble), 27. Wycliffe Well Park - Australia (wood), 28. Adelaide - Australia (solid rock), 29. Melbourne - Australia (marble).
Just wondering, should we have a statue of Elvis Presley in Singapore too? No, it's a bit far fetched. Or put up one of a Singapore pop star? 😎
We don't even have a statue of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, our first Prime Minister. Or should we? There are a few factors to be considered. But if there shouldn't be any at all why have the Stamford Raffles statue up? Logical question that needs an answer.
Image: Roger Poh Collection; Google.