Japan trade minister Hachiro quits over nuclear gaffe

Source: BBC News

Japan’s new trade minister has quit after calling the area around the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant a “town of death”, media reports say.

Yoshio Hachiro is also reported to have rubbed his jacket against a reporter, saying “I will give you radiation” after visiting the plant on Thursday.

Mr Hachiro’s comments were widely seen as insensitive and prompted calls by opposition parties for him to resign.

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