Report: Japan transport minister quits over gaffes

September 28, 2008 05:33


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Kyodo News agency says Japan's transport minister has resigned over a string of gaffes. The resignation of Nariaki Nakayama will come as a major blow to Prime Minister Taro Aso, who only took office on Wednesday. Kyodo says Nakayama handed his resignation to Aso ahead of a Sunday Cabinet meeting. Nakayama on Saturday called Japan's largest teachers' union "a cancer." Last week the minister described people who opposed the construction of Japan's Narita international airport as "more or less squeaky wheels," according to local reports.

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