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#1 Sep 10 2011 at 7:25 AM Rating: Good
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Yeah, too soon.
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Japan's new trade minister has quit after calling the area around the tsunami-hit ********* nuclear plant a "ghost town", media reports say.

Yoshio Hachiro is also reported to have rubbed his jacket against a reporter, saying "I will give you radiation" after visiting the plant on Thursday.

Mr Hachiro's comments were widely seen as insensitive and prompted calls by opposition parties for him to resign.

PM Yoshihiko Noda, who appointed him, later said they were inappropriate.

"Sad to say, the centres of cities, towns and villages around it are a ghost town ["shi no machi" in Japanese] without a soul in sight," Mr Hachiro said at a news conference on Thursday.

On Friday, Mr Noda said the remarks were inappropriate and that he wanted Mr Hachiro, who was appointed on 2 September, to apologise.

Tadamori Oshima, vice-president of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party, condemned Mr Hachiro, saying: "It is a remark that deprives disaster-affected people of hope and is worthy of disqualifying him as a minister."

Mr Hachiro's reported resignation comes as Japan prepares to mark the six-month anniversary on Sunday of the devastating tsunami and earthquake that hit Tokyo and north-eastern Japan, and the ensuing nuclear crisis.

source.


It amazes me how someone can be this stupid, it's to be expected that people are still sensitive about the whole deal and as minister he should've been aware that he was not in a position to joke about this.

But what I'm really wondering is if he's got any records for shortest career as a minister now.

Edited, Sep 10th 2011 3:27pm by Aethien
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#2 Sep 10 2011 at 9:00 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'm not going to lie, he sounds like a funny guy.

Tactless, but funny.

Edit: He should go on tour in Nagasaki.


Edited, Sep 10th 2011 11:00am by Timelordwho
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Why would anyone want 'minister' position in the Japanese government these days?
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#4 Sep 10 2011 at 9:45 AM Rating: Good
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I'm not going to lie, he sounds like a funny guy.

Tactless, but funny.


Edited, Sep 10th 2011 11:45am by Eske
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#5 Sep 10 2011 at 10:09 AM Rating: Good
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Why would anyone want 'minister' position in the Japanese government these days?
Well he obviously didn't want it.
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His Excellency Aethien wrote:
Yeah, too soon.

It amazes me how someone can be this stupid, it's to be expected that people are still sensitive about the whole deal and as minister he should've been aware that he was not in a position to joke about this.

But what I'm really wondering is if he's got any records for shortest career as a minister now.

Edited, Sep 10th 2011 3:27pm by Aethien


Happened here DURING a deadly outbreak of foodborne illness. The minister didn't step down... and the Prime Minister didn't call out his comments.

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Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz must resign following jokes he made about the listeriosis outbreak, the opposition said Wednesday night.

It is the second time Ritz has been urged to resign because of his handling of the outbreak, which has killed 17 people in Canada and prompted a nation-wide recall of Maple Leaf Foods meat products.

In a statement released Wednesday night, Liberal Agriculture critic Wayne Easter said a media report that quotes Ritz making wisecracks about the outbreak during a conference call with scientists, bureaucrats and political staff was unacceptable.

Sources who took notes during the call told the Canadian Press that Ritz fretted about the political dangers of the crisis, before quipping: "This is like a death by a thousand cuts. Or should I say cold cuts."

When told about a new death in Prince Edward Island, Ritz said: "Please tell me it's [Liberal MP] Wayne Easter." http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2008/09/17/ritz-listeriosis.html


Granted, it wasn't anywhere as serious as what happened in Japan, but it shows the same kind of callous indifference towards human life.
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This just in: minister accurately describes circumstances of towns around nuclear accident site, citizens outraged to receive so much truth. More news at 11.
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His Excellency Aethien wrote:
Yeah, too soon.

It amazes me how someone can be this stupid, it's to be expected that people are still sensitive about the whole deal and as minister he should've been aware that he was not in a position to joke about this.

But what I'm really wondering is if he's got any records for shortest career as a minister now.

Edited, Sep 10th 2011 3:27pm by Aethien


Happened here DURING a deadly outbreak of foodborne illness. The minister didn't step down... and the Prime Minister didn't call out his comments.

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Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz must resign following jokes he made about the listeriosis outbreak, the opposition said Wednesday night.

It is the second time Ritz has been urged to resign because of his handling of the outbreak, which has killed 17 people in Canada and prompted a nation-wide recall of Maple Leaf Foods meat products.

In a statement released Wednesday night, Liberal Agriculture critic Wayne Easter said a media report that quotes Ritz making wisecracks about the outbreak during a conference call with scientists, bureaucrats and political staff was unacceptable.

Sources who took notes during the call told the Canadian Press that Ritz fretted about the political dangers of the crisis, before quipping: "This is like a death by a thousand cuts. Or should I say cold cuts."

When told about a new death in Prince Edward Island, Ritz said: "Please tell me it's [Liberal MP] Wayne Easter." http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2008/09/17/ritz-listeriosis.html


Granted, it wasn't anywhere as serious as what happened in Japan, but it shows the same kind of callous indifference towards human life.


It's very hard to find situations to use 'death by a thousand cuts' humorously. He probably understood this, and realized it would totally be worth it. You only live once.
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Yea, that stuff with Ritz was way overblown. To make matters worse, as ill advised as his comments may have been, his counterparts using it as political fodder was even more disgusting.
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#10 Sep 11 2011 at 2:13 PM Rating: Excellent
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I chuckled at the "I'll give you radiation" part. But yeah, that's not a "Hey, I'm a highly public figure" joke to make.

Edited, Sep 11th 2011 4:25pm by lolgaxe
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#11 Sep 11 2011 at 3:13 PM Rating: Good
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I chuckled at the "I'll give you radiation" part. But yeah, that's not a "Hey, I'm a highly public figure" joke to make.

Edited, Sep 11th 2011 4:25pm by lolgaxe
It was kind of funny but not quite the level of hilarious that would be worth having to quit your job over.
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#12varusword75, Posted: Sep 11 2011 at 8:15 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Its not like he's making jokes at the expense of the retarded
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varusword75 wrote:
Its not like he's making jokes at the expense of the retarded

And we all know why you'd take offense to that.
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varusword75 wrote:
Its not like he's making jokes at the expense of the retarded

Mentally handicapped, you insensitive cretin Smiley: mad
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Its not like he's making jokes at the expense of the retarded
And we all know why you'd take offense to that.
He wouldn't understand it.
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