Top official under fire for piggyback ride over puddle
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. –