It is official now.
14:21 Kyōdō news wire
"Farm Minister Matsuoka dies at hospital..."
Bloody [speak no ill of the dead].
What did killing yourself accomplish?
Later - When I am ready, I will think about the political implications of all this.
Just think, today had started out so well, the air crisp. the sun so bright.
A bit later still - NHK is reporting that Matsuoka's is the first suicide by a sitting Cabinet Minister in the postwar era.
That sounds about right--so please, no "sociological inclination toward suicide" claptrap.
Not right now.
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