An Iwate prefectural assemblyman has apparently committed suicide following a blog rant that made the headlines in Japan, police said Wednesday.
Mitsuo Koizumi, 56, had been under fire from the public after writing a blog post on June 5 in which he expressed his anger at being called by a number instead of by his name at a hospital in Morioka. He wrote that it was like being in a prison.
TV Asahi reported that although the blog post was later deleted, a cached version steadily spread around the Internet, with some 2-channel contributors mocking his outrage and suggesting that he should have been attending a psychiatric hospital instead.
Koizumi was also criticized by his peers for comparing the hospital to a prison and forced to make a formal apology for his comments at a news conference on June 17. However, the prefectural assembly said that it continued to receive several hundred complaints from the public, demanding that Koizumi resign.
TV Asahi quoted police as saying that Koizumi's body was found lying beside a road in his electoral district of Ichinohe by a passerby at around 5 a.m. on Tuesday. Investigators say evidence at the scene suggests that Koizumi committed suicide, but gave no further details about the cause of death.© Japan Today