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Japan model-turned-politician sorry for parliament shoot
國會大樓拍雜誌照 日民主黨議員道歉

A Japanese model-turned-cabinet minister has apologized after sparking outrage when she posed for a magazine shoot inside parliament, a report said last week.

Renho, a former television star and now government revitalization minister who goes by one name, apologized after posing for Vogue Nippon, the Japanese version of the international fashion magazine, in Tokyo’s Diet building.

“If (the shoot) stirred concern that the setting was inappropriate, that wasn’t my intention,” she told reporters, according to Kyodo news agency.

“I straightforwardly apologize.”

Vogue Nippon features the 42-year-old in its November edition.

Photography inside the building is only permitted in connection with parliamentary activities, and Renho was reprimanded that the shoot was in breach of Diet standards, Kyodo said.

Renho said she has “sincerely accepted” the rebuke, but added that she had followed due formalities in arranging the shoot.

One of the ruling party’s rising stars, Renho earned the nickname “Hissatsu” (shoot-to-kill) for grilling bureaucrats over public waste last year.

Born to a Taiwanese father and Japanese mother, Renho modelled as a university student in Tokyo and presented TV programs including a 1990s comedy show with movie director Takeshi Kitano.

She shifted to journalism and in 1995 entered the quake-devastated city of Kobe to report the disaster. She won her first parliamentary seat in 2004 as an upper house member of the Democratic Party of Japan.








1. shoot n.

拍攝 (pai1 she4)

例: We decided to hire a professional photographer to do the shoot for our wedding pictures.


2. reprimand v.

斥責 (chi4 ze2)

例: The soldiers were reprimanded for arriving back late from home leave.


3. grill v.

追問 (zhui1 wen4)

例: The health minister was grilled for hours about the alleged expenses fraud.








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