Christmas time finds most people in a festive mood and looking forward to finding a little something under the tree. But Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has adopted a somber tone of late, his holiday spirit apparently dampened by the political fund scandal he is embroiled in over allegations that he received some ¥1 billion in “loans” from his mother.

“I’ve been told I have been given too much,” Hatoyama told reporters Thursday after being asked what he wanted from Santa Claus this year.

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