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A senior trade ministry official has been stripped of his post for writing anonymous blog posts criticizing the government’s commitment to the victims of the March 2011 tsunami and to rebuilding the quake-hit Tohoku region.

In a September 2011 entry on his personal blog, the official said that the government shouldn’t help rebuild disaster-hit areas for the sake of “old men and women who indulge in the vested interest of their fishing rights.”

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