A senior adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has apologized after his mother berated him for putting his hands in his pockets after meeting President Biden earlier this month.
Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara was filmed after his January 13 visit to the White House, hands in his trouser pockets, staring into space and not seeming interested in Kishida’s remarks to the journalists after the meeting with the 80-year-olds. -former president.
After several seconds – and apparently realizing he was in the photo – Kihara adjusted his pants and fiddled with the pockets of his jacket before striking a more dignified pose, his hands crossed in front of him.
Kihara, 52, admitted in a YouTube interview last week that his mother called him after seeing the viral clip and said, “I’m ashamed. Sew your pockets.
Kihara’s blunder made the rounds of the internet after the Asahi Shimbun newspaper posted an excerpt of it on Twitter, sparking a firestorm of criticism.
A social media user accused him of having “more attitude than the Prime Minister”, according to the Guardian.
“What is this guy doing?!” another person wrote on Twitter. “In ordinary businesses [he] would be demoted.
Another user urged Kihara to “stop now” adding, “The prime minister is interviewing right in front of you, and you have no awareness of being a member of the Japanese government.”
“Seiji Kihara, I’m embarrassed as a Japanese”, someone else intervened.
Putting your hands in your pockets in a professional setting is a violation of Japanese etiquette standards.
Kihara tried to defend himself by saying he was the type “to put his hands in his pockets while walking” and was concentrating on the Prime Minister’s remarks.
“I was thinking about how best to convey the Japan-US friendly relations exhibited at the summit,” he said in the YouTube interview, which drew laughter from fellow guests.