This Japanese Joker is not clowning around.
The head of an event planning and temporary employment agency who is running for governor of Chiba Prefecture appeared as the famed comic book supervillain, sporting white face paint with blue stripes and wearing a burgundy purple jacket and mustard hanky.
Yuusuke Kawai announced his candidacy with the Party to Make All of Chiba a Land of Dreams and Magic with an agenda that appeared intent on riling up his rival candidate, Masayuki Hiratsuka, soranews24.com reported.
His opponent — a former Protect the Nation from NHK member — is the current head of the People’s Sovereignty Party, known for its anti-mask stance and slogans such as “COVID-19 is just a cold” and “Vaccines are dangerous.”
At the beginning of his NHK speech, he told viewers to record his remarks and share them on YouTube and TikTok.
Channeling Joaquin Phoenix, he discussed his platform, which includes building a red tower, renaming Narita Airport as Disney Sky, make “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen” Chiba’s theme song, outlaw the word “trash” and replacing it with the words “star fragment.”
The wannabe Joker also addressed the anti-maskers in Tokyo, referring to the protest slogan, “The novel coronavirus is just a cold,” kotaku.com reported.
“Just getting colds is not pleasant,” he said, adding that masks can also prevent seasonal allergies and that some people like wearing masks to cover their faces.
Tokyo Sports asked the candidate about the make-up.
“Since the clown is kind of a dark hero, I had this impression that I could get the support of the masses,” said Kawai, who quit his job and tried to enter the entertainment industry as a comedian.
When he was unable to get his big TV break, he turned to YouTube, where he released a music video called, “It’s Show Time.”
“I’m going to aim for laughs,” he told Tokyo Sports. “Even if talked about my true self, it wouldn’t be news.”
The funnyman appeared to try and avoid looking too much like the “real” Joker, lest some copyright issues arise.
Last year, a candidate who dressed up a Lelouch from “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion” later apologized after getting called out by the anime company, Sunrise.