It would have been interesting to seek the opinion of Matsushita (now Panasonic) founder Konosuke Matsushita (who died in 1989), a charismatic business leader respected as the “god of management,” on the current economic state in Japan.
In fact, someone has done just that.
Matsushita’s "words" are recorded in a book published by the religious corporation Kofuku no Kagaku, titled “Matsushita Konosuke Nihon wo Shikaru" (Matsushita Scolds Japan), which ostensibly sold 150,000 copies. It appears that Ryuho Okawa, founder of this religious group, can call Matsushita to "descend" from heaven and "enter" his body.
The book is written in the style of an interview, which begins with the interviewer requesting the descent of Matsushita. Ten seconds later, Okawa introduces himself as Matsushita and begins answering questions in the Kansai dialect spoken by the late Osaka industrialist. On politics “Mr Matsushita” expresses dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party, saying that he doesn’t care for Hatoyama or Ozawa who ought to share their money with the public because they’re receiving plenty from their parents. Regarding the economic downturn, “Mr Matsushita” comments the nation should provide money that the banks are refusing to loan. Further, he suggests polygamy as a way to halt the declining birthrate. “Mr Matsushita” goes so far as to say that a shrine should be built in his honor and praises Ryuho Okawa, implying that other religions don’t even need to exist.
It all sounds pretty ludicrous but Kofuku no Kagaku’s public relations department declares the statements are indeed Matsushita’s very own. Worse still, the religious group has published a similar book on the historical figure Ryoma Sakamoto who again descends from heaven, and speaking through Ryuho Okawa, urges Japan to make nuclear weapons.
Both Matsushita and Sakamoto must be turning over in their graves.© Japan Today