The body of 56 year old Mitsuo Koizumi, a member of the Iwate Prefectural Assembly, was found near the Oshida River dam last Tuesday, dead from an apparent suicide. The assemblyman was recently heavily criticized by netizens due to a blog post he made, complaining about a prefectural hospital he visited recently.
Koizumi, elected as an independent member of the prefectural assembly last 2011, was under fire for a blog post he wrote in June, expressing how upset he was that he was referred to as “number 241″ instead of his real name during a check-up at the hospital. “Is this a jail? Call a person by their name,” he wrote. He also admitted that he left without paying the bill because he was too annoyed at the way the hospital treated him.
When his blog post became viral, it attracted criticism from netizens, saying he should not have “boasted” about not paying his bill, and that he did not deserve to become an assemblyman. Some even called for his resignation. A few weeks later, he called for a press conference where he apologized for the blog post and announced he was shutting down his blog for good. He accepted responsibility for his behaviour and gave no excuse, admitting he was thoughtless and forgot his position as a public figure. He also said that he settled his bill with the hospital. “I will reflect on my mistakes and want to be a good prefectural assembly member,” he said.
Koizumi is believed to have fallen to his death in the area around the dam, according to his cousin who found the body and reported it to the Ninohe District Police Department. The police do not suspect any manner of foul play, although they also have not yet found a suicide note.
[ via Japan Crush ]