Nikai Withdraws "Tolerable" Remark Describing Damage from Typhoon Hagibis

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 15 (Jiji Press)--Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, apologized Tuesday for describing the damage from deadly Typhoon Hagibis as "tolerable" and withdrew the remark.

Hagibis, the 19th typhoon this year, battered mainly central and eastern Japan over the weekend, causing landslides and river flooding in a dozen of prefectures including Tokyo and having so far killed tens of people and damaged around 10,000 houses.

Nikai made the comment at an emergency meeting of LDP executives on the typhoon on Sunday.

"If I caused misunderstanding among affected people, my expression was inappropriate. I'll make all-out efforts to reconstruct typhoon-hit areas," Nikai told reporters at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo.

His apology for and retraction of the comment came after criticism erupted among opposition parties.

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