Top Japan of­fi­cial de­nies sex­ual har­ras­ment

Viet Nam News - - ASIA -

TOKYO — The top bu­reau­crat at Japan’s Fi­nance Min­istry de­nied yes­ter­day a re­cent mag­a­zine re­port al­leg­ing that he sex­u­ally ha­rassed fe­male re­porters.

Ju­nichi Fukuda, vice fi­nance min­is­ter, is also pre­par­ing to file a suit against the mag­a­zine’s pub­lisher, say­ing that the re­port is not true and con­sti­tutes defama­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Fi­nance Min­istry.

“I have never made re­marks that would make a fe­male re­porter feel un­com­fort­able and that can be taken as sex­ual ha­rass­ment,” Fukuda was quoted as say­ing dur­ing an in­ter­view with min­istry of­fi­cials fol­low­ing the re­port by

In its lat­est edi­tion that went on sale last Thurs­day, the weekly mag­a­zine re­ported that Fukuda made sex­u­ally sug­ges­tive com­ments to fe­male re­porters while drink­ing. He de­nied the al­le­ga­tions when con­fronted by a re­porter for the mag­a­zine, the ar­ti­cle said.

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