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'Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen' and the UN have a new rhyme

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/12/2017
Japanese comedian Pikotaro, right, and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pose to raise awareness about the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Pikotaro, who has gained global fame with his "pen-pineapple-apple-pen" song, will debut at the United Nations with a new version of PPAP to promote sustainable development. Pikotaro, appointed by the Foreign Ministry to promote U.N. sustainable development goals, recently created a SDGs version of the PPAP song. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) © The Associated Press Japanese comedian Pikotaro, right, and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pose to raise awareness about the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Pikotaro, who has gained global fame with his "pen-pineapple-apple-pen" song, will debut at the United Nations with a new version of PPAP to promote sustainable development. Pikotaro, appointed by the Foreign Ministry to promote U.N. sustainable development goals, recently created a SDGs version of the PPAP song. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO (AP) — "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen" and the U.N. are rhyming.

Japanese comedian Pikotaro, right, and Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pose to raise awareness about the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Pikotaro, who has gained global fame with his "pen-pineapple-apple-pen" song, will debut at the United Nations with a new version of PPAP to promote sustainable development.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) © The Associated Press Japanese comedian Pikotaro, right, and Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pose to raise awareness about the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Pikotaro, who has gained global fame with his "pen-pineapple-apple-pen" song, will debut at the United Nations with a new version of PPAP to promote sustainable development.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japanese comedian Pikotaro has adapted his catchy song to promote the United Nations' sustainable development goals. The original went viral last year after pop star Justin Bieber tweeted that it was his favorite video.

Japanese comedian Pikotaro greets journalists before meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Pikotaro, who has gained global fame with his "pen-pineapple-apple-pen" song, will debut at the United Nations with a new version of PPAP to promote sustainable development. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) © The Associated Press Japanese comedian Pikotaro greets journalists before meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Pikotaro, who has gained global fame with his "pen-pineapple-apple-pen" song, will debut at the United Nations with a new version of PPAP to promote sustainable development. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Pikotaro was appointed by Japan's Foreign Ministry to promote the goals. The comedian, in his trademark leopard-lizard design outfit, was a bit reserved alongside the more conservatively dressed Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at their appearance Wednesday.

Japanese comedian Pikotaro, right, is welcomed by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida for a meeting at the ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Pikotaro, who has gained global fame with his "pen-pineapple-apple-pen" song, will debut at the United Nations with a new version of PPAP to promote sustainable development. Pikotaro, appointed by the Foreign Ministry to promote U.N. sustainable development goals, recently created a SDGs version of the PPAP song. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) © The Associated Press Japanese comedian Pikotaro, right, is welcomed by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida for a meeting at the ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Pikotaro, who has gained global fame with his "pen-pineapple-apple-pen" song, will debut at the United Nations with a new version of PPAP to promote sustainable development. Pikotaro, appointed by the Foreign Ministry to promote U.N. sustainable development goals, recently created a SDGs version of the PPAP song. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

But the PPAP star beamed at the invitation to accompany the diplomat to New York and pledged to do utmost for the awareness campaign. They'll debut the U.N. version, "SDGs," on Monday.

Japanese comedian Pikotaro, right, and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pose for a photo prior to their meeting on awareness about the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Pikotaro, who has gained global fame with his "pen-pineapple-apple-pen" song, will debut at the United Nations with a new version of PPAP to promote sustainable development. Pikotaro, appointed by the Foreign Ministry to promote U.N. sustainable development goals, recently created a SDGs version of the PPAP song. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) © The Associated Press Japanese comedian Pikotaro, right, and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pose for a photo prior to their meeting on awareness about the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Pikotaro, who has gained global fame with his "pen-pineapple-apple-pen" song, will debut at the United Nations with a new version of PPAP to promote sustainable development. Pikotaro, appointed by the Foreign Ministry to promote U.N. sustainable development goals, recently created a SDGs version of the PPAP song. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

He also gave Kishida a brief posing lesson, demonstrating hand gestures showing 17 development project areas.

Japanese comedian Pikotaro talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida during a meeting at the ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Pikotaro, who has gained global fame with his “pineapple-pen-apple-pen” song, will debut at the United Nations with a new version of PPAP to promote sustainable development. Pikotaro, appointed by the Foreign Ministry to promote U.N. sustainable development goals, recently created a SDGs version of the PPAP song. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) © The Associated Press Japanese comedian Pikotaro talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida during a meeting at the ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Pikotaro, who has gained global fame with his “pineapple-pen-apple-pen” song, will debut at the United Nations with a new version of PPAP to promote sustainable development. Pikotaro, appointed by the Foreign Ministry to promote U.N. sustainable development goals, recently created a SDGs version of the PPAP song. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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