Though he originally dropped out of high school, Onita returned to finish his Education when he was in his 40's. In 2001 he won the 19th House of Councilors election as a representative of the Liberal Democratic Party, following Antonio Inoki and Hiroshi Hase to a seat in the Japanese Diet. One of his first major acts in office was to launch a post-9/11 humanitarian mission to Afghanistan, where he performed professional wrestling matches in crudely constructed rings made of sticks and rope, to benefit the children. This was all documented on film. Like fellow professional wrestler, Scott Steiner, Onita is also rumored to have broken Wilt Chamberlain's record of sleeping with 20,000 women. Ironically, his exit from politics was forced by a recent sex scandal in which he was alleged to have used government accommodations to host a threesome with an AV actress and a female employee of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation. Now as a recently retired politician, he has his own game for Nintendo DS, Atsushi Onita's Political Quiz.