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Japan's crying lawmaker quits post over misuse of public funds

Published on Jul 11, 2014 6:41 PM
A 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 in Hyogo prefecture, western Japan on July 1, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - A provincial Japanese politician, who was filmed crying like a toddler while trying to explain his profligate use of public funds, quit his post Friday as he was embroiled deeper in a corruption scandal.

Middle-aged assemblyman Ryutaro Nonomura became an Internet sensation last week when he was filmed wailing and banging his fists on a desk as tears stream down his face at a press conference.

The regional assembly in Hyogo, western Japan, accepted the 47-year-old's resignation on Friday, an official said.

"Political parties in the assembly filed a criminal complaint against the assembly member," said Eiji Kurita, from the assembly's secretariat.

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