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Crying middle-aged lawmaker enthrals Japan

Published on Jul 2, 2014 6:16 PM
 

TOKYO (AFP) - 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.

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.

Mr Nonomura, who was elected to the assembly in Hyogo in western Japan in 2011, is suspected of misusing three million yen (S$37,000) of official allowances.

 
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