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Game on for Japanese ex-minister

Shoichi Nakagawa at the news conference

Japanese developers have created a new game that makes fun of their ex-finance minister's now-infamous conduct at a G7 press briefing earlier this month.

Shoichi Nakagawa appeared to doze off and slur his words sparking allegations that he was drunk - which he denies.

Japanese can now play a mobile phone game where they have to keep Mr Nakagawa awake by boosting his energy levels at a press conference.

The game ends if he is asleep when a journalist asks a question.

Political gaming

Players can press the number 5 key to wake him and then let him snooze to increase his energy reserves.

"We were seeking to produce a new type of game, featuring news topics," said a spokesman for Liveware Inc, which produced the game.

"The news of the press conference emerged with a great impact when we were trying to come up with an idea."

Mr Nakagawa resigned after his appearance at the press conference in Rome but blamed cold remedies for his behaviour.

He claimed he had not drunk any alcohol before the briefing and said, "I decided that it would be better for the country if I quit."

In December, a UK firm developed a game where players could imitate the Iraqi reporter who threw his shoes at then-US President George Bush.

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