Mitsuo Matayoshi is a fascinating Japanese wannabe politician. Since 1997, he’s been running for office every chance he gets – driving around in his little minivan with the loudspeakers, annoying as many people as possible – but has not been successful in actually winning anything yet. His losing streak might have something to do with his unique persona – he claims that he is God and/or Jesus. Just call me “The only God Mitsuo Matayoshi Jesus Christ,” he says. Having been trained as a Protestant minister earlier in his life, he apparently believed that that was enough to promote himself to Creator of the Universe.
He is a man with a plan, however. First, he’s going to become the prime minister of Japan, and then he says he’ll be offered the position of UN secretary-general. Having attained those two powerful positions, he then will then set himself up as Ruler of the World, and as a final step, he’ll oversee the whole Judgment Day thing (because he’s God and all). If you don’t pass muster, of course, he’ll cast you into hell – a fate he regularly threatens his political opponents with, as well, when he’s not urging them to commit harakiri (ritual disembowelment).
He hasn’t campaigned for office since 2005, so perhaps he’s been busy turning water into wine somewhere (that could actually be a pretty lucrative business opportunity!) But don’t be surprised if you see a “second coming” one of these days, as he cruises in your neighborhood in his mini-Popemobile.