Top of­fi­cial un­der fire for pig­gy­back ride over pud­dle

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A SE­NIOR Ja­pa­nese politi­cian is un­der fire af­ter get­ting a pig­gy­back over a large pud­dle while in­spect­ing the deadly af­ter­math of a typhoon – and jok­ing he could get in trou­ble for do­ing it.

Shun­suke Mu­tai, par­lia­men­tary vice min­is­ter for re­con­struc­tion, was vis­it­ing the hard-hit town of Iwaizumi where 19 peo­ple died dur­ing Typhoon Lion­rock.

Mr Mu­tai, 60, was shown rid­ing on the back of a younger man over a large pud­dle of stream­ing wa­ter on Septem­ber 1 while lead­ing a dam­age as­sess­ment team.

He was ap­par­ently try­ing to avoid get­ting his feet wet. Most ac­com­pa­ny­ing of­fi­cials wore long rub­ber boots for pro­tec­tion.

“I’ll be in trou­ble if this is caught on cam­era,” Mr Mu­tai was heard say­ing on footage aired on pri­vate broad­caster TBS.

Mr Muta has said that he “deeply re­grets” his be­hav­iour but the law­maker has been chas­tised by his su­pe­ri­ors. –

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