Abe Voices Resolve to Restore Confidence in Govt


Tokyo, April 11 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his determination Thursday to make efforts to restore confidence in his government following the sacking of a gaffe-prone cabinet minister.

"The cabinet will work as one for restoring confidence," Abe told reporters. "We want to undertake the mandate given by the people by directing all our efforts toward (disaster) reconstruction."

On Wednesday, Abe effectively ousted Yoshitaka Sakurada as minister for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics after he made a remark that could be taken as belittling efforts to reconstruct areas in the Tohoku northeastern region hit by the March 2011 massive earthquake and tsunami.

On Thursday, Abe appointed Shunichi Suzuki, 65, as Olympics minister, putting him back to the post he held before Sakurada.

In a speech at a party in Tokyo on Wednesday for Hinako Takahashi, a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the House of Representatives, Sakurada said the lawmaker, elected from the Tohoku region, is "more important than reconstruction."

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