Footage of a Japanese politican crying hysterically during a hearing has gone global. Ryutaro Nonomura, 47, was accused of misusing about $30,000 in government funds during trips—but his apology is made of pure viral gold.
Though his trips were not illegal, and Mr. Nonomura had reported them, newspaper reporters ferreted out that he had visited hot springs more than a hundred times last year using public money. Hyogo legislators are assigned $5000 a month for travel and entertainment, but it must be restricted to official work.
Nonomura's emotional apology seems not to have impressed anyone, reports The Guardian, and parodies are proliferating in Japan and beyond.
During the three-hour press conference in Kobe he cried while saying: "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?"
Social media users were merciless in their response. "Is he alright as a member of society, let alone a member of an assembly?" asked Twitter user @nagatokimura
"There was a kid like that when I was in elementary school. A kid who tried to explain by crying like that. lol," wrote @chiko86
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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