We see public figures get emotional once in awhile, but one Japanese politician’s viral weeping apology is over the top to say the least.
In a press conference, 47-year-old Ryutaro Nonomura can be heard sobbing and yelling as he defends racking up about $30,000 in unaccounted for travel expenses, mostly on trips to a hot spring resort.
RT provides a translation of the outburst: “I finally became an assembly member…with the sole purpose of changing society. I want to change this society … Don’t you understand?”
According to the Washington Post, the lawmaker goes on, “Aging population isn’t only a problem in our prefecture.” The article also notes the outburst was unusual in such a conservative society which values temperance and reticence.
Still, others are poking fun about the whole thing, racking up more than 2 million views on YouTube, creating a number of memes that have circulated around Twitter.
Over in the modern western world, men crying can often be seen as taboo. Crying has more historical significance in medieval Japanese culture, when it was common for Japanese male warriors to cry.
According to the book, ‘Crying: The Natural and Cultural History of Tears’, although “tearlessness was the height of male stoicism and virtue … [it] has not been the standard of manliness through most of history.”
Even a traditional Japanese contest glorifies the cry of a baby as a sign of future good health and the louder the cry, the more likely it will ward off evil spirits.
Full Transcript and Video:
And you think it doesn’t matter who you vote for.
This Ja… Waaaaaaaaaaaaaah
This Japan….I want to change society.
Population Ageing isn’t only our prefecture’s aaaaaaaaaaaaaah
…isn’t only our prefecture’s problem….
It’s life or death….
You don’t understand!