Monday, May 28, 2007

Japanese Agriculture Minister commits suicide

Just hours before he was due to be questioned in a political funding scandal that threatens to bring down the Prime Minister and just weeks before a national election, Japan's Agriculture Minister Toshikatsu Matsuoka hanged himself in his apartment.

Imagine if American politicians had the same cultural tradition of death before dishonor. Would the endless parade of devastating testimony from the likes of Attorney General Gonzo on down even happen or would the Bushies take a bullet for their leader?

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