From One God to the UFO Party, eccentric election campaigners are out of this world
From One God to the UFO Party, eccentric election
campaigners are out of this world
Jesus Matayoshi has no doubt about his abilities to be
able to wrench Japan out of the economic cesspit in
which it has been mired since the start of the '90s,
according to Cyzo (November).
"I am Jesus Matayoshi, the One God," the head of the
Integrated World Economy Party tells Cyzo. "I have
come to right Japan and the world. This is the Second
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has made much of the
fact that many who know him regard him as a weirdo.
He's comfortable with the label and is certainly
sitting pretty having led his Liberal Democratic Party
into a position of power following September
elections. But, as Cyzo notes, he's not the only
politician happy to be coming out of left field, with
the past 20 years a veritable wealth of eccentric
Jesus Matayoshi is a perfect example. Unlike the man
from who he takes his name, this Jesus hasn't quite
found out how to work miracles with voters yet. His
efforts at campaigning for a place on the Okinawa
Municipal Assembly, the Okinawa governor's post and
several tries at a Diet seat have all proved
fruitless. But he remains undaunted.
"Politics will not be righted simply by pursuing
accountability. Life is the most important issue.
Profit oriented capitalism is a killer," he says.
Jesus Matayoshi may not do well on polling days, but
he remains one of Japan's most popular politicians in
"On some days, I get as many as 170,000 page views on
my site," the self-professed One God says. "I am
eternally grateful." If he is who he claims to be,
Jesus Matayoshi may indeed be able to express his
thanks that long.
Also drawing on religion for her name is Maria Chiba,
whose biggest claim to fame is having been born 20
years ago as the illegitimate child of yakuza movie
star Hiroki Matsukata. Perhaps it's this holy moniker
that gives the former singer her view of politics that
some say is divine.
"Politics is too hard for me," Cyzo quotes a 2001
campaign speech from Maria, who uses the Japanese
reading of the name for the Holy Virgin. "I don't want
to talk politics, I just want to sing."
As an octogenarian, Riho Mitsui didn't exactly bring a
spark of life to Japanese politics when she ran in a
series of national elections in the early '90s. She
was notable, however, for her campaign pledge to try
and have homework banned during school summer vacation
A far more palatable taste, perhaps, came from the
Aisuto, the Vinegar Lovers' Party, which fought out
the 1986 Lower House election on a campaign of "Drink
Vinegar for Better Health," but won no seats.
"It was the first Japanese party to campaign on food
issues," political commentator Yutaka Okawa tells
Cyzo. "In that regard, it had quite an impact."
Without doubt, however, the most out of this world
Japanese political group in the past few decades has
been the UFO Party. It argued that if UFOs were of
importance significant enough for the U.S. Congress to
discuss them, then Japan's Diet should be doing the
"By becoming a candidate," Cyzo quotes UFO Party
Leader Tokuo Moriwaki as saying, "I will make sure
there are no more taboos about UFOs." (By Ryann
October 27, 2005
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