Senior Japanese bureaucrat resigns over harassment accusations

Senior Japanese bureaucrat resigns over harassment accusations

Senior Japanese bureaucrat resigns over harassment accusations

Written by Keshala Dias

19 Apr, 2018 | 6:46 pm

Japan’s most senior finance ministry bureaucrat has resigned over allegations of sexual misconduct, in what is being described as the country’s #MeToo moment. Junichi Fukuda resigned on Wednesday (April 18), but denies the allegations.

Fukuda said he would quit after a weekly magazine published allegations he had sexually harassed a female reporter.The publication also released an audio clip which it says is the voice of the bureaucrat saying: “Can I give you a hug?” and “Can I touch your breasts?” Fukuda has threatened to sue the magazine, which originally reported the accusations.

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