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Japan Cabinet being reshuffled after rape gaffes

Last Updated: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 11:32

Tokyo: A Cabinet reshuffle in Japan is expected soon, and is likely to include the removal of a defense minister who outraged the public with gaffes about a rape by US servicemen.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told reporters on Sunday that a change in his Cabinet was coming soon.
The opposition has been demanding that Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa be fired after he made a series of gaffes, including a remark that he did not know details about the 1995 rape of a schoolgirl by three US servicemen on the southwestern island of Okinawa. The incident sparked one of the biggest anti-US protests in Japan and raised concerns over America`s military presence there.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 11:32

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