• Kyodo, JIJI, Staff Report


A former Cabinet minister appointed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is taking fire for making a controversial remark in which he wondered why a fellow politician involved in exchanges with Africa liked “such a black thing.”

Kozo Yamamoto, who lost his post as regional revitalization minister in the Cabinet reshuffle in August, made the remark Thursday during a meeting with other members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Kitakyushu.

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