• Kyodo News


Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama told administrative vice ministers Friday to stop holding regular press conferences, saying their superiors should carry out the task instead.

“It is natural in any private firm for top officials to make decisions and make press announcements on their own,” said Hatoyama. But he left room for vice ministers to deal with reporters through other means, saying government members are obliged to help with news coverage if needed.

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