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Japanese Politician Ryutaro Nonomura Cries At Press Conference, Footage Goes Viral (VIDEO)

03/07/2014 09:46 BST | Updated 03/07/2014 14:59 BST

Footage of a Japanese provincial politician sobbing incoherently as he tried to explain his extravagant use of public funds has gone viral.

Ryutaro Nonomura held a press conference in Kobe on Wednesday to address accusations he had misused ¥3m (£17,000) of official allowances.

During the three-hour event the 47-year-old wailed hysterically, banged his fists on the desk and generally made a spectacle of himself.

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'I have staked my life... Don't you understand?'

According to a translation by AFP, his ramblings included: “I finally became an assembly member… with the sole purpose of changing society… This Japan… I want to change this society… I have staked my life… Don’t you understand?”

Nonomura – a member of the Hyogo Prefectural Assembly – allegedly spent the misused funds on 195 trips he made in the course of a year, including over 100 visits to a hot springs resort.

Naturally the internet has responded to this emotional outburst by doing what it does best… taking the piss.

His tear-stained performance has inspired a stampede of cruel memes:

Twitter user @chiko86 remarked: “There was a kid like that when I was in elementary school. A kid who tried to explain by crying like that, lol.”

"This is so embarrassing," wrote one YouTuber in Japanese, per a Kotaku translation. "Is he drunk?"

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