Economic and fiscal policy minister Kaoru Yosano and Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa have apologized to Diet leaders for watching TV on a cell phone during a House of Councilors plenary session. The incident took place on Oct. 3 when Shozaburo Jimi, vice leader of the People’s New Party, was asking questions. The Upper House has banned cell phones from its floor since 1995.
Via The Japan Times:
“I was watching the TV to see what (the session) looked like,” Yosano, who owns the phone, told Takeo Nishioka, chairman of the Upper House Rules and Administration Committee.
The two ministers apologized to Nishioka and Upper House President Satsuki Eda. The latest edition of the Shukan Shincho weekly magazine carried a photo in which Yosano and Nakagawa were watching TV on a cell phone.
Considering the drastic Financial matters before these ministers nowadays, not to mention the odd naked foreigner swimming around the palace, it would seem they should have more important things to concentrate on than watching tv while in-session.