Japanese parliament sees red over minister’s scarf worn in chamber

RT:

“A scarf is simply part of my outfit,” she told reporters. “It’s an ordinary fashion item for an ordinary woman.”

A red scarf-wearing member of Japan’s upper house has caused a scandal in Japan’s parliament. A session was delayed for 20 minutes as Diet members debated the definition of a ‘scarf’, forbidden along with hats and coats in certain areas of the building.
Justice Minister Midori Matsushima turned up to the so-called ‘Chamber of Wisdom’ as Japan’s upper house is often called, wearing the red garment. However, the former journalist fell foul of a decades-old rule, which doesn’t allow politicians to wear coats, hats or scarves in deliberation chambers and committee rooms, AFP reported.

Opposition politicians leapt on Matsushima’s choice of attire and demanded that a debate take place to establish a definitive ruling of what a scarf is.

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The minister – a staunch conservative – said that she had done nothing wrong and was “surprised” that her choice of garment had caused such a fuss.

“A scarf is simply part of my outfit,” she told reporters. “It’s an ordinary fashion item for an ordinary woman.”

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