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Japan’s reconstruction minister resigns after offending tsunami victims

Ryu Matsumoto steps down after threatening funding would be withheld unless local leaders came up with workable plans Ryu Matsumoto was filmed criticising the governor of tsunami-hit region and saying the government would not help the north-west unless local leaders came to a consensus over reconstruction. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA Japan’s minister in charge of overseeing the reconstruction of the country’s devastated north-east coast resigned on Tuesday, just one week into the job, amid criticism that he offended victims of the 11 March earthquake and tsunami in comments captured by TV cameras….