Local Tokyo politician quits after tweeting ‘Drop dead!’

AFP-JIJI

A member of the Nakano Ward Assembly in Tokyo has quit after writing “Drop dead!” during an angry exchange on Twitter, the latest in a series of recent gaffes by local politicians.

Hiromi Kaneko, 51, a Japanese Communist Party member of the ward assembly, told the media Wednesday he stepped down at the behest of colleagues and supporters because the expression was “not appropriate” to be used by anyone, let alone a legislator.

“You ARE human scum. Drop dead! Before killing innocent civilians, you should drop dead!” Kaneko tweeted on July 6.

He was reacting to a series of comments from a supporter of the recent decision by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative government to permit the use of force in defending allies under attack.

The supporter said people who are young and jobless could help the country by taking part in such military action.

“I was so upset at the discriminatory remarks that I lost my composure,” Kaneko said.

His twitter account was apparently deleted by Wednesday evening, while his profile was inaccessible on the communist party website.

Last month, Akihiro Suzuki, a conservative member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly, apologized to his 35-year-old female colleague Ayaka Shiomura for telling her to get married when she questioned city administrators about the amount of public support provided to mothers.

Ryutaro Nonomura, a 47-year-old male member of the Hyogo Prefectural Assembly, stepped down last week.

He became a worldwide Internet celebrity for crying like a toddler at a news conference while trying to explain his profligate use of public funds.