TOKYO (AP) — A video clip of a weeping Japanese politician accused of dubious spending has gone viral, 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.
One site for the video drew nearly 640,000 views, as of Thursday.
His news conference Wednesday followed a Kobe Shimbun newspaper report this week that raised questions about Nonomura’s visiting the hot springs 106 times last year, using public money.
Such visits were not illegal and had been reported to the assembly office, but totaled 3 million yen ($300,000).
Calls are rising for Nonomura to give an explanation.
Hyogo legislators get 500,000 yen ($5,000) a month for expenses, including travel.