Japanese Foreign Minister Shoichi Nakagawa resigned today after appearing drunk and slurring his words at a G-7 news conference over the weekend (clip below). The 55 year-old, who was appointed by increasingly-unpopular Prime Minister Taro Aso and is a known drinker, is the same man who told a British newspaper in 2007 that “(w)omen have their proper place: they should be womanly. They have their own abilities and these should be fully exercised, for example in flower arranging, sewing, or cooking. It’s not a matter of good or bad, but we need to accept reality that men and women are genetically different.”
In a statement announcing his resignation, Nakagawa said:
“It is true that I didn’t conduct myself properly, and I feel I must set the record straight. I’m resigning today not because I’m a total boozehound, but because I failed in my state of complete inebriasian to be entertaining and dare I say metaphysical like that little squirt who got his teeth pulled. And for that, I am deeply ashamed.“*
*This is made-up. But in his real statement, Nakagawa blamed his being blotto on cold medicine, which is just as unlikely.
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