Crying Japanese politician resigns after video goes viral
WATCH: A Japanese politician bursts into tears and incomprehensible blabber while trying to justify dubious travel expenses. The video has gone viral with millions of views online.
TOKYO – A Japanese politician, who was seen sobbing over dubious spending in a video that went viral, has resigned.
Ryutaro Nonomura, 47, a Hyogo Prefectural assemblyman, submitted his resignation Friday and the assembly will decide whether to accept it, assembly office spokeswoman Chika Fukuyama said.
Nonomura burst into tears and screamed nonsensical phrases when he was asked at a news conference last week about his trips to a hot springs at taxpayers’ expense.
One site for the video had drawn 2.7 million views as of Friday. His wailing spawned spoofs that juxtaposed his voice with rock music, and another with jazz piano, or played his tirade backward.
Calls for his resignation had grown. Nonomura visited the hot springs 106 times last year, using public money and reporting it as political activity.