Japan official criticized for piggyback ride over puddle


TOKYO: 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 northern town of Iwaizumi where 19 people died in devastating Typhoon Lionrock. 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 central government damage assessment team. Clad in a blue work uniform and black shoes, he was apparently trying to avoid getting his feet wet. Most other accompanying officials wore long rubber boots for protection. “I’ll be in trouble if this is caught on camera,” Mutai was seen saying on footage aired on private broadcaster TBS after being put down.



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