Japanese Politician Freaks Out, Spawns Internet Memes

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Yesterday, Japanese politician Ryutaro Nonomura, a member of the Hyogo Prefectural Assembly that represents areas like Kobe, held a press conference after being accused of allegedly abusing government funds. Make that, he freaked out and started crying.

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Last year, Nonomura racked up travel expenditures with tax payers' money in excess of 3 million yen (around US$29,547) for trips around Hyogo Prefecture, which borders Osaka, as well as jaunts to Tokyo and Fukuoka.

As Kobe Shimbun reports, Nonomura submitted expenses for 195 trips without providing any receipts. Included in that were over one hundred trips to Kinosakionsen, a hot springs resort town famous in Hyogo. There is nothing suspicious about that at all.

Online in Japan, the politician's outburst has been amusing people online with just how odd it was. Many were also upset because this appears to be a questionable use of tax money. Though, according to news reports, this kind of stuff isn't illegal. Um...

"Be a man! Don't cry!" wrote one YouTube user. "This is so embarrassing. Is he drunk?" asked another.

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Nonomura's Wiki page was actually edited to include the speech, with someone way transcribing all the "waah" and "waaaaah" noises. Courtesy of website Byokan Sunday, you can see an image above, and the "waaaaaaaaaaaah" noises in Japanese are hopefully readily apparent even to English speakers.

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Nonomura's Wiki, sadly, no longer currently features said transcript.

The incident made that national news and is starting to spawn Photoshops on Twitter, some of which you can see below:

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Nonomura is wearing a Japanese World Cup jersey, and the text quotes when he said, "This Japan..." GEDDIT?

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野々村県議の政務活動費問題 他会派「本人が説明を」[Kobe Shimbun]

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DISCUSSION

laredo75
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I find this hilarious because not only did he look and sound like an idiot but here in the uk we have politicians spending way more than £20 000. One such person charged an £87 breakfast to the tax payers and yet blames all the debt problems on the poorest in society. I honestly believe if someone is earning in excess of £100 000 a year they shouldn't be able to claim anything back. It's pretty much in their pay packet.