Japan media: Justice minister to quit after gaffe

November 22, 2010 03:14

TOKYO — Japan's justice minister will resign Monday to take responsibility for recent comments that made light of his duty to respond to questioning in parliament, local media reported.

Minoru Yanagida said last week that as justice minister he only needed to remember two comments when facing questions from lawmakers: "I do not comment on specific cases," and "We are dealing with the matter appropriately based on law and evidence."The remarks set off a firestorm of criticism from lawmakers, who demanded he step down from his post. He initially refused.

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