Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Editor's Pick

Japan economy minister defends his job after lockdown criticism

Coronavirus54 minutes ago (Jul 13, 2021 10:16PM ET)

(C) Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Minister in charge of economic revitalisation and measures for the novel coronavirus pandemic Yasutoshi Nishimura attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan’s economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, tasked with leading the government’s pandemic response, defended his job on Wednesday after criticism of his handling of lockdown measures on bars and restaurants.

Nishimura caused an uproar last week after suggesting that banks put pressure on restaurants and bars which defy the government’s lockdown measures and that beverage makers stop doing trade with them.

He has since taken back the suggestions and apologised.

Some opposition lawmakers are calling on Nishimura to step down, according to Japanese media.

“I regret the confusion and great concern I caused for the restaurant and beverage industries,” Nishimura said in parliament on Wednesday.

“My responsibility is in controlling the spread of infections, and ensuring an economic recovery from it.”

The controversy has created a new headache for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, already under pressure with the Tokyo Olympics set to start in nine days even amid a rise in COVID-19 infections in Tokyo. Suga also apologised on Wednesday.

Japan economy minister defends his job after lockdown criticism

Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like


Stock Markets25 minutes ago (Jul 16, 2021 05:46PM ET) (C) Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Johnson & Johnson’s Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport sunscreen, which is part...


Builders, creators and developers, this one’s for you! TechCrunch has always been about discovering fresh solutions and shining the light on exciting, new products...

Disclaimer: it's managers and its employees (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised or above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial or health advice. Copyright © 2021 Wise Gazette. All Rights Reserved