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Japan’s Minister for Disaster Management, Tatsuo Hirano, says sorry for tsunami victims ”idiot” remark

Japan’s disaster minister has come under fire for calling tsunami victims ”idiots” for not moving to safety quickly enough in the March 11 tragedy.

Tatsuo Hirano, the Minister for Disaster Management, made his controversial comment at a meeting with Democratic Party of Japan colleagues in the town of Nihonmatsu in the north-eastern Fukushima prefecture.

Fuji TV reported that Mr Hirano told the gathering: ”There were those who moved to safety and thought ‘we’ll be safe here’. Then there were idiots like my old classmate who didn’t take shelter. He’s dead now.”

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