Meet Japan's small-town mayor, "Jo Baiden"

Small-town mayor Yutaka Umeda

Location: Yamato, Japan

became an internet sensation after it was noticed

that the kanji characters used to write his name

can be pronounced “Jo Baiden”

TWITTER POSTS READING (Japanese): "A COINCIDENCE BUT WHAT A MATCH! I'M SURE HE (UMEDA) WAS SURPRISED." / "TO ALL THE UMEDA-SAN IN THE COUNTRY, YOUR NAME CAN BE READ BAIDEN"

TWITTER POST READING (Japanese): "#JOE BIDEN #UMEDA YUTAKA"

(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) YAMATO MAYOR, YUTAKA UMEDA, SAYING:

"To me, the president of the U.S. was someone far away. But coincidentally, because our names are phonetically the same, I feel much closer to him when I watch his speeches and videos."