Opposition Slams Top Govt Spokesman over Refusal to Repond at Press Confab


Tokyo, Feb. 27 (Jiji Press)--Major opposition parties harshly reacted on Wednesday to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga's refusal to answer a question from a daily newspaper reporter at the previous day's press conference.

Blaming Suga, the top government spokesman, for "putting pressure on the reporter while refusing to respond in good faith," Kiyomi Tsujimoto, parliamentary affairs chief of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, told reporters that he is "not qualified to be chief cabinet secretary."

Democratic Party for the People leader Yuichiro Tamaki demanded that Suga "answer questions in a polite and sincere manner at any time."

During the news conference in question, Suga said that there is "no need to give you an answer" when the reporter, Isoko Mochizuki from the Tokyo Shimbun, sought his comment on why the government spokesman holds a press conference.

Meeting the press on Wednesday, Suga said that every time Mochizuki asked a similar question, he answered that a press conference held by the chief cabinet secretary is an occasion to state the government's views and positions.

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