Japan's crying lawmaker quits post over misuse of public funds
Published on Jul 11, 2014 6:41 PM
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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