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World Briefing / JAPAN

Minister quits after gaffes

September 28, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Japan's transport minister has resigned over a string of gaffes, according to Kyodo News agency.

Nariaki Nakayama's resignation will be a major blow to Prime Minister Taro Aso, who took office Wednesday. Nakayama handed in his resignation before a Cabinet meeting today. He had called Japan's largest teachers union "a cancer" and described people who opposed the construction of Narita international airport as "more or less squeaky wheels," according to local reports.

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