Mitsuo Matayoshi (又吉 光雄 Matayoshi Mitsuo, also, Iesu Matayoshi) (February 5, 1944 – July 20, 2018) was a Japanese political activist, known for his perennial candidacy. He styled himself The only God Matayoshi Mitsuo Jesus Christ (唯一神又吉光雄・イエス・キリスト) or Jesus Matayoshi (又吉イエス) ("Iesu" is the Japanese pronunciation of the Latin pronunciation of "Jesus"). He was the leader of the World Economic Community Party (世界経済共同体党).
He was born in Ginowan, Okinawa on February 5, 1944. After graduating from Chuo University in Tokyo in 1968, he moved back to Okinawa and ran a juku, a private school. Matayoshi was trained as a Protestant preacher, and through his religious studies developed a particular concept of Christianity strongly influenced by eschatology. In 1997, he established the World Economic Community Party (世界経済共同体党), a political party based on his conviction that he was God. His concept was both religious and political, a mix of Christian eschatology like Augustine's De civitate Dei ("City of God") and conservative collectivism. He died from illness on July 20, 2018.
According to his programme he would have executed[clarification needed] the Last Judgment as Christ, but within the current political system. His first step was to have been appointed the Prime Minister of Japan. Then he would have reformed Japanese society and be offered the post of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Matayoshi would then have reigned over the whole world with two legitimate authorities, not only religious but also political. The world economic system would have been altered to encourage every nation to be self-sufficient, based on agriculture. He condemned[clarification needed] permanent residency and the naturalisation of foreigners because he viewed the abandonment of one's motherland to be wrong. He wanted ethnically non-Japanese people to go back to their ancestral homeland even if they were born in Japan. He wanted the USA to withdraw its army from all overseas positions, including Okinawa. After his Judgment he would have thrown the corrupt into the Fire (see Book of Revelation).
Matayoshi presented himself as a candidate in many elections from 1997 through to 2013, despite winning none of them. He became well-known for his eccentric campaigns in which he urged opponents to commit suicide by hara-kiri (disembowelment; note that he avoided the more polite seppuku) and said that he will cast them into Gehenna. Like most Japanese politicians, he campaigned in a single small regulation size mini-van fitted with oversized loudspeakers. Unlike most, however, he blasted his campaign slogans in a stylised, kabuki-inspired voice.[clarification needed]
- Mayor of Ginowan election (1997)
- Japanese House of Councillors election, 1998 (Okinawa at-large district)
- Governor of Okinawa Prefecture election (1998)
- Mayor of Ginowan election (2001)
- Mayor of Nago election (2002)
- Governor of Okinawa Prefecture election (2002)
- Japanese general election, 2003 (Tokyo 1st district)
- Japanese House of Councillors election, 2004 (Tokyo at-large district)
- Japanese general election, 2005 (Tokyo 1st district)
- Japanese House of Councillors election, 2007 (Tokyo at-large district)
- Japanese general election, 2009 (Tokyo 1st district)
- Japanese House of Councillors election, 2010 (Tokyo at-large district)
- Japanese House of Councillors election, 2013 (Tokyo at-large district)
- Japanese general election, 2014 (Tokyo 1st district)
- Japanese House of Councillors election, 2016 (Tokyo at-large district)
- Japanese general election, 2017 (Tokyo 1st district)
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