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Ex-Abe Cabinet member makes discriminatory remark about Africans

  • November 25, 2017
  • , Kyodo News , 1:17 p.m.
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A former regional revitalization minister in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet has made a discriminatory remark about African people, saying he wondered why a fellow ruling party lawmaker involved in exchanges with African countries liked “such black” people.


Kozo Yamamoto, who left the Cabinet in an August reshuffle, made the remarks during a meeting Thursday with Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture. He said Saturday he would retract the remarks if they had caused misunderstanding.


Yamamoto made the remarks when talking about Asahiko Mihara, an LDP lower house member from Fukuoka Prefecture, over the latter’s longtime exchanges with Africa.


“What I can’t follow is his passion for Africa,” Yamamoto said before making the controversial remark.


Yamamoto’s office on Saturday denied the lawmaker intended to make a racially discriminatory remark.

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