Japan’s Yoshitaka Sakurada resigns as Olympics minister

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Japan’s Olympics Minister Yoshitaka Sakurada has resigned over feedback that offended individuals affected by an enormous tsunami and earthquake in 2011.

At a fund-raising occasion, he recommended that backing the governing LDP member of parliament for the area was extra necessary than its financial revival.

It isn’t the primary time Mr Sakurada has been compelled to apologise.

He stated in February that he was disenchanted by a Japanese swimmer’s leukaemia analysis.

He stated he was apprehensive that medal favorite Rikako Ikee’s sickness may dampen enthusiasm for subsequent yr’s Olympics.

Mr Sakurada additionally admitted final yr to by no means having used a pc, regardless of being Japan’s cyber safety minister.

After accepting Mr Sakurada’s resignation, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologised for appointing him.

“I deeply apologise for his comment to the individuals within the disaster-hit areas,” stated Mr Abe.

The 2011 tsunami left greater than 20,000 useless and triggered a meltdown on the Fukushima nuclear plant.

Shunichi Suzuki, who had been Olympics minister earlier than Mr Sakurada was appointed final October, will likely be return to the publish.

In February, Mr Sakurada needed to make one other apology, after arriving three minutes late to a parliamentary assembly on Thursday.

Opposition MPs stated his poor timekeeping confirmed disrespect for his workplace and boycotted a gathering of the finances committee for 5 hours in protest.

He additionally got here below fireplace in 2016 for describing so-called consolation girls compelled to supply sexual providers to Japanese war-time troops as “skilled prostitutes”.

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