When Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda showed up at a political meeting on Monday, it was more his looks than what he had to say that mattered. He was wearing a white patch over his right eye, with cords looping away over his face and around the ears.
The prime minister had fallen over in the dark at his residence the night before, after returning from dinner with a number of business leaders, the Japanese media reported. It was not suggested that Noda had been drinking, even if such meetings are “frequently lubricated by alcohol”, the international press comments.
“I banged it on something”, Noda explained of his eye at the meeting where he then reiterated his wish to raise the sales tax.
Noda has been trying to convince political opposition of the necessity to double the sales tax to 10 percent by 2015, to fund the rising social costs as the population is growing older.