TOKYO, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Keiichiro Asao, the head of Japan's Your Party, took the ice bucket challenge to help raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on Friday and has nominated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to do it next.
The challenge, originated from the United States, asks people to post videos of themselves being doused with cold water and publicly call on others to do the same within 24 hours, or donate 100 U.S. dollars to the ALS Association.
The campaign has become popular around the world through social networks. Some of the most famous people have been drenching themselves in freezing cold water and posting the video online.
It has helped raise money for and awareness of ALS, a neurodegenerative disease. "It is important to create a circumstance to support the patients," said Asao.
He was nominated by a media figure and promised to post the challenging process online.
However, despite being nominated, the Japanese government has not confirmed whether Abe will take part.