A Japanese politician crying wildly like a toddler who didn’t get his candy is rapidly becoming an online sensation after a video of his unexpected outburst was uploaded on You Tube 1 and spawned outrageous memes.
The 47-year-old provincial assemblyman, Ryotaro Nonomura, was holding a press conference when he was asked to explain his alleged nefarious waste of public money on holiday travels and personal trips.
Nonomura suddenly burst into hysterics, shouting and crying at the same time while trying to explain his side with incoherent blabbers and excuses.
He was also seen shouting angrily at reporters with words like “You don’t understand”.
He was elected to the western prefecture assembly in Hyogo in 2011. He is facing allegations of public funds misuse amounting to 3M yen ($30,000) in 195 trips to four locations in one year, with 106 of those trips made to hot spring resorts. He failed to produce receipts to justify the travel.
In the viral video, Nonomura can be seen wailing like a scolded pres-schooler, crying then pausing with deep breaths in between, only to cry even louder afterwards.
Translated, he said in shrieks, “I finally became an assembly member… with the sole purpose of changing society.”
“This Japan …want to change this society … I have staked my life …Don’t you understand?” he continued, his words punctuated by crying, sobbing and yelling.
At one point, out of apparent dismay, he banged the desk repeatedly with his fist then resumed with hysterical rants all over again. He later regained composure and drank a glass of water.
Netizens who got to watch Nonomura’s ‘tantrum’ were both amused and unforgiving of the politician’s gut-wrenching antics.
“Is he alright as a member of society, let alone a member of an assembly?” one posted on Twitter.
“There was a kid like that when I was in elementary school. A kid who tried to explain by crying like that. Lol,” wrote another.
It has also inspired a host of internet memes, ranging from funny to ridiculous, like the one above.
The uploaded video has a combined views of over a million from several You Tube accounts. From the video below alone, it was viewed almost 400K times.
Watch it here. Credit goes to the You Tube account technicaify: