Updated: 07/03/2014 02:52 | By Agence France-Presse

Crying middle-aged lawmaker enthrals Japan

A 47-year-old provincial politician was rapidly becoming an Internet phenomenon in Japan on Wednesday after crying like a toddler as he tried to explain his profligate use of public funds.


Crying middle-aged lawmaker enthrals Japan

This picture taken on July 1, 2014 shows 47-year-old provincial politician Ryutaro Nonomura crying at a press conference to explain his profligate use of public funds at a prefectural office in Kobe - by Jiji Press

Television talk shows carried looped footage of a press conference in which Ryutaro Nonomura wails and bangs his fists on the desk as tears stream down his face.

The middle-aged assemblyman shouts incoherent excuses in between gut-wrenching sobs, punctuated by the long intakes of breath necessary to power the next outburst.

Nonomura, who was elected to the assembly in Hyogo in western Japan in 2011, is suspected of misusing three million yen ($30,000) of official allowances.

According to media reports, he spent the money on 195 trips he made to four locations in one year, including 106 visits to the same hot spring resort, all without producing a receipt or a report. 

"(Crying)... I finally became an assembly member ... (crying)... with the sole purpose of changing society," he shrieked during the three-hour press conference in Kobe, Hyogo's main city.

"(Crying) ... This Japan ... (crying) ...I want to change this society (crying) ... I have staked my life ... (crying) ... Don't you understand?"

Social media users were merciless.

"Is he alright as a member of society, let alone a member of an assembly?" asked Twitter user @nagatokimura

"There was a kid like that when I was in elementary school. A kid who tried to explain by crying like that. lol," wrote @chiko86

One YouTube posting had been viewed half a million times by Wednesday afternoon.

The video can be viewed here:

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%E5%85%B5%E5%BA%AB%E7%9C%8C%E8%AD%B0

Latest Photo Galleries on xinmsn

NEWS VIDEOS

MORE NEWS VIDEOS

facebook recommendations

LIVE NEWS RADIO STREAMING

  • 938 Live

    938LIVE is Singapore's only English news and talk station which transmits round the clock with an engaging and enticing spread of programmes on current affairs, health, business and lifestyle as well as news every half hour until midnight.

  • Capital 958


    95.8FM城市频道的前身是"第三广播网"。上个世纪30年代末,新加坡就有中文广播,一路走来经过不少政治,社会局势的改变,中文广播在本地一直扮演举足轻重的角色。