The biggest news in Japan right now is finance minister Shoichi Nakagawa’s impressive drunken performance at the G7 meeting in Rome. Of course, the guy claims that he wasn’t drunk—just drowsy from too much cold medicine—but the global shame he amassed led him to resign yesterday, just a week before he was supposed to publicize his proposed budget plan. Here’s a video.
In my opinion, it doesn’t really matter if he was drunk on alcohol or high on cold meds. The fact is, he was clearly unfit to be representing Japan in such a public way that day, and he should have stayed in his hotel room. It’s embarrassing that he thought it would be okay to have his Finance Minister face on in such a stupefied state.
On the other hand, it’s a good thing that these silly old politician dudes are making a fool of themselves. Real change often and only comes after a series of grave errors made by the guys in charge—we know that from looking at the US. Now that the prime minister has proven that he can’t read kanji (he also has a near-record low approval rating of 9%) and the finance minister can’t stay sober, it’s more likely that something good will happen soon. It has to.