Japan’s finance minister to resign over misbehaviour

February 17th, 2009 - 12:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Tokyo, Feb 17 (Xinhua) Japan’s Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa who has been under severe criticism for slurring at a press conference in Italy last week announced Tuesday that he would resign.

Nakagawa reportedly slurred his speech and appeared half asleep and had trouble answering questions from reporters at a news conference following the Group of Seven (G7) financial leaders’ meeting in Rome Saturday.

His behaviour sparked speculation that he was under the influence of alcohol during the press conference. But Nakagawa denied that he was drunk at that time and blamed jet lag and cold medicine for his wobbly performance.

On Monday, executives of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) held a meeting and agreed to demand Nakagawa’s resign.

Nakagawa, known for his fondness for alcohol, admitted sipping wine at a G7 lunch before the news conference later Monday.

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