TOKYO – Prime quack for the new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda: Trade Minister Yoshio Hachiro announced his resignation Saturday, a week after his appointment because of controversial remarks about the catastrophe of Fukushima.
On a recent visit to the region of Fukushima (North East), affected by the tsunami of March 11, Yoshio Hachiro spoke of “city of death” about the desert environment of the nuclear plant. These comments have drawn sharp criticism, the conservative opposition, notably that there was insensitive to some 80,000 residents evacuated within 20km around the plant.
Yoshio Hachiro apologized repeatedly, saying he simply wanted to emphasize the seriousness of the situation. He announced his resignation in a press conference Saturday night in Tokyo.
Sixth Prime Minister in five years, Yoshihiko Noda, made a surprise during the formation of his government, presented on September 2, by appointing to key positions such as Finance, Trade or Foreign Affairs of men with little political experience and economy.