Japanese Politician Sobs Hysterically and Becomes Viral Sensation (Video)
The disgraced assembly member wailed during a press conference in which he tried to explain away spending $30,000 on extravagant trips.
This local Japanese politician has been catapulted to Internet stardom…for all the wrong reasons.
Footage of Ryutaro Nonomura in hysterics during a press conference — in which the politician breaks down while trying to explain accusations of extravagant misuse of public funds — has gone viral.
Media reports say he spent three million yen ($30,000) on 195 visits to four locations in just one year – including 106 visits to a particular hot springs he is fond of. He serves in the assembly in Hyogo in western Japan, where he was elected in 2011.
The question political observers will certainly be asking is how this outburst compares to some of the all-time greats. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's many, many videos have gotten the most attention recently, but one should not forget the Dean Scream – the enthusiastic conclusion to a speech that put the kibosh on Howard Dean's 2004 bid for the presidency.
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Compare the three and let us know in the comments if you think Nonomura's video will go down as one of the top political meltdowns.