July 4, 2017
Tokyo- Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Monday defended Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's description of yelling protesters as "that kind of people" in his street speech on Saturday during his Liberal Democratic Party's campaign for Sunday's Tokyo metropolitan assembly election.
"We can't lose to that kind of people," Abe said in an infuriated tone in the speech as protesters shouted in chorus at the prime minister to quit. A banner reading "Abe, Quit!" was displayed during the speech in front of Akihabara Station of East Japan Railway Co. or JR East.
After the LDP suffered a historic defeat in the election, Suga told a press conference on Monday that the remark by Abe was "not problematic at all."
"It was an extremely common-sense remark," Suga said. "It's quite unacceptable to criticize such a remark." (Jiji Press)
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