Video of Japanese Lawmaker Crying and Pounding Fists Goes Viral

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A video clip of a weeping Japanese politician accused of dubious spending has gone viral on the internet, leaving many outraged and puzzled.

The video shows Ryutaro Nonomura, 47, a Hyogo Prefectural assemblyman, bursting into tears, uttering nonsensical phrases and banging on the desk.

Nonomura's news conference in Kobe on Tuesday followed a Kobe Shimbun newspaper report this week that raised questions about his use of public money to visit the hot springs 106 times last year.

Such visits were not illegal and had been reported to the assembly office, but totaled three million yen (300,000 US dollars).

Calls are rising for Nonomura to give an explanation.

Hyogo legislators get 500,000 yen (5,000 US dollars) a month for expenses, including travel.

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