Top Japan Finance Official Denies Sexual Harassment, Says to Sue Publisher

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While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made his “Womenomics” programs to mobilize women in the workforce part of his policies to boost growth, big gender gaps persist at companies and in politics.

The controversy is another headache for Finance Minister Aso and Abe, whose ratings have been hit by scandals over suspected cronyism and cover-ups. A steady trickle of new allegations about the scandals has raised doubts about how long Abe can stay in power.

The daily Sankei newspaper reported on Monday that Abe had decided that Fukuda must be fired. It did not cite a source. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the ministry’s personnel issues were up to the minister to decide.

(Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim and Tetsushi Kajimoto, additional reporting by Sam Nussey and Hyun Oh; Editing by Michael Perry, Robert Birsel)

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