- A Japanese minister was heaily criticized after photos of him taking a piggyback ride on his colleague went viral across the internet
- Shunsuke Mutai, vice minister of reconstruction, was assessing damage caused by a storm in the north of Japan. He forgot his rubber boots so he hitched a piggyback ride from his colleague across a puddle
- The incident caused an uproar against the minister. Mutai states that he "deeply regrets" his behaviour
A high placed Japanese government official raised a firestorm after getting a ‘piggyback’ ride from his colleague to get across a puddle of water in a town devastated by a storm.
Shunsuke Mutai, vice minister of reconstruction, went to the northern town of Iwaizumi to assess the damage caused by a storm that took the life of twenty people.
However, Mutai forgot to bring his rubber boots so he asked one of his colleagues to give him a piggyback ride across a puddle.
When the following photo appeared on social media the minister was heavily criticized for not taking his job seriously.
Mutai’s boss, minister of reconstruction, Masahiro Imamura apologized for the behavior of his colleague. He explained that Mutai was in such rush that he forgot his rubber boots.
Mutai apologizes and states that his behavior was inappropriate.
“I deeply regret it,” stated the minister.