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I have to say that I do not understand all the media and political outcry about Tsuyoshi Kusanagi’s behavior. He is no more a “disgusting person,” as Communications Minister Kunio Hatoyama angrily told reporters, than anyone else who gets dead drunk and makes a silly ass of himself. Drunks make silly asses of themselves all the time, and it’s certainly better, though deeply embarrassing, for Kusanagi to have got naked in a public park than to have driven drunk and killed or injured someone. I find it interesting that he wasn’t just carted off to the police station and allowed to sober up, then sent home after being given the advice to watch his drinking with perhaps some followup to make sure that he gets the help that he may (or may not) need. But all this? I don’t think so.

george polley

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