Tuesday, July 5, 2011

05/07 Japan's newly-appointed reconstruction minister to quit

English.news.cn   2011-07-05 09:12:11FeedbackPrintRSS

File photo taken on June 27, 2011 shows Japan's Reconstruction Minister Ryu Matsumoto speaking to the media at the residence of the prime minister in Tokyo, capital of Japan. (Xinhua/Kenichiro Seki)
TOKYO, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Japan's reconstruction minister Ryu Matsumoto said Tuesday he will resign after just about one week in job, after his reportedly "high-handed" remarks angered the governors of the prefectures hit by twin disasters in March on Sunday.
He held talks with Iwate and Miyagi Governors when he visited quake-hit areas in Japan's northeast on Sunday. His remarks during the meetings were widely considered as arrogant.
Matsumoto was officially appointed by Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan in a recent Cabinet reshuffle as the minister in charge of reconstruction from the March disasters.
The 60-year-old minister served as environment minister before he took up the current position.
Matsumoto has been in charge of programs to remove debris and to deliver aid to tens of thousands of people living at evacuation shelters in the disaster-hit areas. Local media said the new position will enable him to ensure continuity in his programs.
Editor: Zhang Xiang

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