Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa‘s slurred speech during a Group of Seven (G7) news conference in Rome was caused by cold medicine, Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura said on Monday.

“It was not because of alcohol. He was suffering from a cold and took a generous amount of medicine,” said Kawamura on Monday morning.

In January, Nakagawa made 26 reading mistakes while delivering a financial policy speech during a plenary session of the House of Representatives. Critics said he may have been drunk, but a senior government official defended him, saying, “It was probably because of the medicine he took for a backache.” (Mainichi)

[via Japan Probe]

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