Today in the House of Councillors---and on live national television--former Vice Minister Moriya Takemasa offered a more complete accounting of the depths of his selfishness and the bottomlessness of his mendacity.
Much of the movement of his lips could be called "testimony" only if one were in a charitable mood. Seemingly due to extensive contacts with officials of the the Bush Administration, he is suffering from Alberto Gonzalez levels of memory loss and inattention to detail.
"I do not remember..."
"I have no recollection..."
"I did not see any such possible connection at the time..."
"I did not notice such a notation in the documents at the meeting..."
Ah Moriya-san, nice try. But you should known this was not to be your day. You should have just told everything after:
- the Diet member soliciting your responses had to ask you if you understood that you had sworn to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
- after dissembling, you coughed up the names of two former heads of defense as recipients of the largess of your arrested buddy. The revelation then triggered in one of the named, the one who is currently Minister of Finance, an attack of Sudden Party Time Attendance Memory Loss Syndrome.
(Pssst. Minister Nukaga. The PM in his press conference said that as a minister, your answer has got to be better.)
- you were forced to beg those assembled to please not think that everyone in the Ministry of Defense is as rotten as you are.
What a total [expletive deleted] disaster.