Foreign minister apologizes over gaffe

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Foreign Minister Taro Kono has apologized for making a gaffe over his Diet appearance, a senior lawmaker of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Tuesday.

The foreign minister Monday offered an apology, saying he caused trouble, and promised cautiousness, Keiji Furuya, chairman of the House of Representatives steering committee, told a meeting of the panel.

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura also told the meeting that he has issued a strict warning to Kono over the gaffe.Speech

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