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Abe apologizes for vice minister’s jeer about helicopter mishaps

  • January 30, 2018
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All national papers highlighted remarks at the Diet on Monday by Prime Minister Abe, who apologized for then-Cabinet Office Senior Vice Minister Matsumoto’s heckling at the parliament last week in relation to a recent series of unscheduled landings by U.S. military aircraft in Okinawa. The premier said: “I offer my deepest apologies to the people of Okinawa…. The government is committed to doing its utmost to reduce the burden on Okinawa.” The prime minister reportedly offered an apology swiftly in order to prevent the incident from having a negative effect on the mayoral race in Nago. According to Asahi, the opposition bloc is upping the ante by claiming that Matsumoto’s gaffe represents the Abe administration’s disregard of Okinawa.   

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