Should cough drops be allowed or not? That question stopped the Kumamoto Municipal Assembly for eight hours on Sept. 28.
Assembly member Yuka Ogata was speaking at the podium with a cough drop in her mouth. Assembly members criticized her for doing so, but she refused to apologize.
The assembly passed a disciplinary motion to kick her out of the session. All assembly members voted for the motion except Ogata.
“I have not been well for the past several days and decided to take cough drops so that I would not trouble others with my coughing,” Ogata said. “It’s regrettable that I’ve been forced to leave the room without being given the opportunity to explain myself.”
Assembly members said Ogata was breaking the assembly rules because she didn’t retain the integrity of the assembly.
Last year, the 43-year-old was criticized for bringing her newborn son to the assembly. (Kyodo)
◆Carla was nervous as she stood on the podium to give her speech.
◆My son was called before the disciplinary committee at school today.
◆My mother didn’t vote for the current mayor, but she respects him.
◆It’s regrettable that Ann didn’t get the job that she wanted.
◆We were unable to retain the broken computer any longer.
◆Joe lost the boxing match, but he was able to keep his integrity until the end.
Q1. Why was Yuka Ogata kicked out of the assembly meeting?
She had a cough drop in her mouth.
Q1. Assembly member Yuka Ogata was speaking at the ( ) with a cough drop in her mouth.
Q2. The assembly passed a ( ) motion to kick her out of the session.
Q3. All assembly members ( ) for the motion except Ogata.
Q4. It’s ( ) that I’ve been forced to leave the room without being given the opportunity to explain myself.
Q5. Assembly members said Ogata was breaking the assembly rules because she didn’t ( ① ) the ( ② ) of the assembly.