05 Jul '11, 1am

Japan's newly appointed Reconstruction Minister says he plans to resign after just one week in the job

Japan's newly appointed Reconstruction Minister says he plans to resign after just one week in the job

Japan's Reconstruction Minister Ryu Matsumoto speaks to reporters in Tokyo. Mr Matsumoto said he intends to resign after about a week in the job, following criticism over insensitive remarks he made to governors of areas hit by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March. -- PHOTO: REUTERS TOKYO - JAPAN'S minister in charge of disaster reconstruction said on Tuesday he would resign after just a week in the post, dealing a fresh blow to embattled Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Ryu Matsumoto, 60, appointed only last Monday, met with Mr Kan early Tuesday before telling journalists that he had decided to step down after making scathing remarks in televised meetings with governors of the areas hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11. As he came out of Mr Kan's office, he was met by a horde of journalists, who asked if he was set to step down. Mr Matsumoto said, 'yes'...

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