Tokyo, April 18 (Jiji Press)–A press club joined by journalists covering the Ministry of Finance lodged a written protest against the ministry’s request for cooperation by female reporters of the club in its probe into the high-profile sexual harassment scandal.
The club made the protest to Finance Minister Taro Aso and Deputy Vice Minister Koji Yano.
In the protest letter, the club said it cannot accept the request for cooperation by, if any, female reporters harassed by Junichi Fukuda, who resigned as vice finance minister the same day, upon declaring themselves as victims.
Disclosing that they are harassment victims is a big psychological burden on them, the club said. It also pointed to concerns about the action causing “secondary mischiefs” to the victims.
As lawyers that will investigate the scandal have adviser contracts with the ministry, it is unclear how the victims’ privacy and positions as MOF beat reporters will be protected, the letter also said.