Japan's New Trade Minister Resigns

    Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yoshio Hachiro, appointed only a week ago in the new government of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, bows as he leaves the conference room after announcing his resignation at the ministry in Tokyo on September 10, 2011. Hachiro offered his resignation over his comments about radiation contamination in  crisis-hit Fukushima, Japanese media reported.   AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Did he learn nothing from Gilbert Gottfried? Japan's trade minister Yoshio Hachiro, resigned Saturday after making a comment about the nuclear crisis that was deemed highly insensitive. While visiting the Fukushima Daiichi power plant Thursday with other government ministers, Hachiro drew criticism when he referred to the evacuation zone around the plant as "a town of death." He later told reporters he had only meant to express his concern over the dire situation at the plant and his commitment to cleaning the area so that residents could return. His gaffe and subsequent departure does not bode well for the new government, which just took office eight days ago when Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda was sworn in.

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