Earlier this week a news story broke about the behaviour of the now former finance minister Mr. Shoichi Nakagawa at a post G7 press conference on Feb 14. He acted drunk. His excuse was cold medicine. There are lots of videos of this press conference on youtube, and it was all over the news here. Today the 21 it has now come out that after the notorious press conference Mr. Nakagawa had a pre-arranged visit to the Vatican museums. There were other officials and a museum guide accompanying him. The news says that he touched objects that aren’t supposed to be touched, opened a door that wasn’t supposed to be opened thus setting off an alarm, climbing over the barrier around the famous 2000 year old statue of Laocoon and His Sons and then sitting beside it. Here is an article about his behavior however what I have stated is what is being reported in Japanese.
What do I think? I think he was drunk and that he needs Alcoholics Anonymous! Other reports article here have surfaced this week of drunken behavior in the past by Mr. Nakagawa so this is not the first time. I hope that this will cause him to get help. Politics aside its too bad for him that he acted like an idiot at the Vatican Museums. I have been there and they are incredible. Mr Nakagawa however was so drunk though he couldn’t even begin to appreciate all the wonders around him. I have said a prayer for him that he will get help and I hope others will say a prayer for him as well.