Was the Japanese Finance Minister Drunk?

Strange behavior costs prominent official his job.

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Anyone disappointed with U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's performance last week should definitely check out (now-former) Japanese Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa's behavior at a Group of Seven press conference in Rome this past weekend.

Nakagawa announced plans to resign Tuesday after he appeared to have done a little pre-gaming before meeting with the media. Nakagawa later said he was not drunk, blaming instead an ill-fated mix of alcohol and cold medicine, according to MarketWatch.

(Video from The Wall Street Journal.)