Japanese vice finance minister denies sexual harassment allegations amid calls for resignation

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 16, 2018

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at an upper house parliamentary session in Tokyo Thomson Reuters TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided that a top finance ministry bureaucrat accused of sexually harassing several female reporters must be fired, the daily Sankei newspaper reported on Monday.

The weekly Shincho magazine said in an issue published last Thursday that Administrative Vice Finance Minister Junichi Fukuda went drinking with a female reporter recently at a bar near his house and asked to touch her breasts and kiss her.

Fukuda denied the allegations to the magazine.

He did not consider remarks he made to the reporter as constituting sexual harassment, the ministry said in the statement.

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The ministry on Monday announced the results of its questioning of Fukuda and how the ministry plans to deal with the matter.

The ministry quoted Fukuda as saying he did not recall having the reported exchanges with the female reporter or having a meal with the reporter.

The Finance Ministry said it will commission a lawyer to continue its investigation into the matter so as to secure objectivity.

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