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.
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:
大泣きオジサンの野々村議員の顔で遊んでたらこんな時間だ。とりあえずおめでとうございます！ pic.twitter.com/eWSmHgCtvh— キノ子 (@KINOcom) July 2, 2014
野々村さんに鼻フック付けた画像が流れてきたからつい… pic.twitter.com/mDDu6t5nEG— はくたく (@Yui63R) July 2, 2014ADVERTISEMENT
野々村竜太郎議員コラ作ったった pic.twitter.com/84lfDFSK7S— しおん (@x40n_) July 2, 2014
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.”
兵庫県議会の野々村議員残念すぎ（笑）小学校のとき居たよね、あーやって泣きながら説明する子（笑）— kozachiko (@chiko86) July 2, 2014
"This is so embarrassing," wrote one YouTuber in Japanese, per a Kotaku translation. "Is he drunk?"