A senior official of the Reconstruction Agency has been suspended for 30 days over his Twitter tirade against Fukushima victims of the March 11, 2011 disaster.
In a posting on the micro-blogging site earlier this month, Yasuhisa Mizuno said citizen groups demanding measures to protect people against radiation were leftists. "I can’t help but only feel pity for their lack of intelligence,” he wrote, under the handle @jp1tej.
Reconstruction minister Takumi Nemoto, who oversees the agency employing Mizuno, apologized for the remarks on Monday. On Friday, he said the Reconstruction Agency takes its responsibility seriously and that Mizumo's remarks had cast doubts on the agency's sincerity about helping victims of the disaster, Sankei Shimbun reported.
Nemoto added that he will forgo his salary for one month to take responsibility.© Japan Today/AFP