I swear I’m not making this up
When Taro Aso took over as Prime Minister, the silver lining was that perhaps we could look forward to a bit of inadvertant entertainment of the sort so lacking in his predecessors Abe and Fukuda.
But nothing quite like this.
After 4 days in the job, newly-appointed cabinet minister Nariaki Nakayama (right) has quit his post. In less than a week he managed to refer to Japan’s biggest teaching union as “a cancer”, and picked at the ‘Japan is ethnically homogeneous’ scab.
But the icing on the cake was when he told a press conference that Japanese people
“definitely … do not like or desire foreigners”.
Nakayama was the Tourism Minister.