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The word 神輿 ("portable shrine") has a connotation of "just for show", "superficial boss", "incapable leader", etc., and there are a handful of set phrases and idioms related to this. 神輿は軽くてパーがいい, 担ぐ神輿は軽い方がいい A good boss is an easily-influenced, incapable boss (because we can control him/her). ~を神輿にかつぐ, 神輿をかつぐ to ...

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