Japan’s trade minister, Yoshio Hachiro, slammed for ‘town-of-death’ remark

Japan’s new trade minister apologized today for calling the now-desolate area around the tsunami-hit nuclear power plant "a town of death," a remark seen as insensitive to residents who had to evacuate because of radiation leaks.

Yoshio Hachiro took office just a week ago as a new government replaced leaders seen as unable to move Japan past the triple disaster six months ago.

His comment came as he described his visit a day earlier to inspect damage and cheer workers at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.

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