So, what political party do you support? Labor? Liberals? Republicans? Democrats? I don’t care. Your party sucks. I’ve got a new party and it rocks:
Wait, what’s that…?
The Happiness Realization Party’s platform promises include: world peace; a unicorn in every house; Polyphonic Spree robes for everyone and, finally; dumping LSD into the water supply to make sure everyone actually believes this will all happen.
Actually, this isn’t your standard case of humorous English translation – the Japanese name, too, literally means “Happiness Realization Party”. They were founded in May this year, and you can read all about them on their website (okay, if you can read Japanese).
In 2300-2400 the new continent of Atlantis will be recreated as a result of the United States sinking. After this is complete, Martin Luther and Nichiren will be reincarnated and they will lead a new huge religious movement.
You should really read the rest of the prophecies too. I left some out of this quote because they sounded too wacky.
Back to the secular world, the main platform of the political party is amending Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution. Article 9 was introduced with the new Japanese Constitution following the end of World War II, and basically states that Japan may maintain a military only for self-defense. This is taken to the extent that if you happen to say “the Japanese army”, you’ll be quickly corrected to say “the Japan Self-Defense Forces”.
The Happiness Realization Party, founded on Buddhist values of pacifism, wishes to amend Article 9 so they can go and kick some North Korean ass. Really, that’s what it says on their web site. Okay, it doesn’t say “ass”, but you can tell that’s what they were thinking when they wrote it. They want to loosen some of the strict conditions in the constitution so that they can “defend Japan against North Korean missiles”.
What started as a poster that gave me a chuckle when I was at the local supermarket turned out to be quite the rabbit hole indeed. My planned 5 minute post has turned into a 1 hour mini-research project, and there’s a lot more to read besides. Look for an update after I’ve had some more research time.
Alternatively, if they find that I’ve met my maker after having realised what would appear to be a suspiciously excessive amount of happiness, you know who did it and that I knew too much. Tell the world!
Update: Somebody has already done a great job researching this. Head over there if you want to bask in the craziness.