Severe Acute Ridiculousness Syndrome

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's Administration has been vigilant in its efforts to combat hoof-and-mouth disease, the deadly virus capable of devastating a nation's agricultural livestock. Too bad he hasn't done more to eradicate foot-in-mouth disease, a lesser-known affliction that compels Japanese politicians to make ludicrous public statements. In the past month alone, a slew of lawmakers has been stricken in the latest epidemic.

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