Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Makiko Tanaka has called outgoing Tokyo Gov Shintaro Ishihara a "wild, reckless old man."
Tanaka made the comments on Friday, strongly criticizing Ishihara for resigning, in the midst of the city's 2020 Olympic bid, to launch a new political party.
Tanaka, responsible for Japan's sports policy, dubbed the 80-year-old Ishihara "reckless" for spearheading Tokyo's Olympic plans and then "abandoning" the responsibility, TV Asahi reported.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba questioned whether Ishihara was qualified to enter national politics. Citing Ishihara's stance toward China, Gemba said: "Some of the things he says are inappropriate for someone who wants to function at the top level of politics. Perhaps he would have exerted a greater influence if he had stayed where he was."
Ishihara didn't get much support from Deputy Prime Minister Katsuya Okada either. Speaking on a TV program on TBS, Okada said: "It's hard to predict what influence a new political party would have on national politics. He has not yet announced any policies."© Japan Today