The name of Yutaka Umeda, mayor of the municipality of Yamato (Japan), has recently been circulating on social networks. The Japanese ideograms forming the patronym of the city councilor can indeed be pronounced “Jo” and “Bai-Den”, as the new American president reports. International mail.
This peculiarity of kanjis, Japanese ideograms, greatly amused Internet users. They hastened to nickname the mayor “the Japanese Joe Biden” and multiplied the jokes. ” How is it possible ? »,« What a strange coincidence! “Or” Long live the president! “, Commented several Internet users.
The “same passion for politics”
“I feel that this could create a link between us”, joked the Japanese elected to the media. Asahi Shimbun, who asked him about his quasi-namesake. “This story completely caught me off guard and puzzled me a bit. The city councilor was informed of the enthusiasm he aroused online by a member of his family, according to the secretariat of the town.
“Between the candidate for the American election and me […], we certainly have very different functions, but I suppose we share the same passion for politics ”, estimated“ Jo Bai-Den ”. “For the well-being of the inhabitants of the village, I continue to do my best. “