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A parliamentary vice minister ridiculed last year for being carried over a puddle in a typhoon-hit area is under fire again after joking about the gaffe, prompting condemnation from both sides of the aisle on Thursday.

Shunsuke Mutai, parliamentary vice Cabinet Office minister, was visiting the site of deadly flooding in Iwate Prefecture in September last year when he was seen crossing a stretch of shallow flood water on a staffer’s back, having neglected to bring rain boots.

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