National Geographic : 2017 Aug
Messiah coMplex 93 JESUS MATAYOSHI also known as The Only God Atop a van in Tokyo, Jesus Matayoshi deliv- ers a fiery sermon as part of his campaign for a seat in the House of Councillors, instructing opponents to commit suicide and threatening hellfire upon transgres- sors. During two weeks of campaigning in 2016—he’s run in many elections over the past two decades—he drove around Tokyo, spread- ing his message. Many people ignored him, but he did garner 6,114 votes. Mitsuo Matayoshi was born in Okinawa in 1944. In 1997 he founded the World Economic Community Party, which bases its policies on his identity as Jesus Christ reborn. Jesus Matayoshi says his goal is to bring about the End of Days via the demo- cratic political process, eventually occupying the post of United Na- tions secretary-general and instituting the will of God on Earth. Jonas Bendiksen’s book The Last Testament will be published in September 2017 by Aperture/GOST.