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Tokyo assemblyman quits after tweeting 'Drop dead'

Published on Jul 16, 2014 4:58 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - A local councillor in Tokyo has quit after writing "Drop dead!" during an angry exchange on Twitter, in another gaffe by local Japanese politicians in recent weeks.

Mr Hiromi Kaneko, 51, a communist member of the assembly in one of Tokyo's 23 districts, told Japanese media on Wednesday he stepped down at the behest of colleagues and supporters because the expression was "not appropriate" to be used by anyone, let alone a legislator.

"You ARE human scum. Drop dead! Before killing innocent civilians, you should drop dead!" Mr Kaneko, a representative in the upmarket district of Nakano, tweeted on July 6.

He was reacting to a series of comments from a supporter of the recent decision by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's conservative government to permit the use of force in defending allies. The supporter said young jobless Japanese could help the country by taking part in such military action.

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