Japan PM Kishida Ousts Son From Secretary Post


Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday he will remove his son from the position of his secretary due to “inappropriate behaviour” at the official residence.

The decision comes after a magazine reported last week that Shotaro Kishida had invited relatives to the official residence for a party last year, with photos of some pretending to hold a press conference and one lying down on red-carpted stairs.

“His behaviour last year at the public space was inappropriate for a political secretary, and we have decided to replace him,” Fumio Kishida told reporters.

Shotaro will resign on June 1, he added.

Kishida had reprimanded his 32-year-old son, but criticism erupted from opposition parties, which called for his removal.

He had already come under fire because of his son, who used official cars while traveling in Europe to buy souvenirs for ministers.

After battling plummeting approval ratings late last year, the government saw support jump to 46 percent in May, before the magazine report about the party was published, according to public broadcaster NHK.

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