Japan's Reconstruction Agency has punished a senior official for slanderous tweets on a group and a lawmaker that he had dealt with in his capacity as an agency official, Reconstruction Minister Takumi Nemoto said Friday.
Agency counselor Yasuhisa Mizuno, 45, will be suspended from work for 30 days, effective the same day. Nemoto will voluntarily return one month's salary.
Japan has been stung by its third political scandal in a week after the country's new industry minister - whose predecessor resigned over allegations of misspending - admitted that his staff had spent office money at a sex bar. (The Guardian)
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)
In possibly a legal first, a female civil servant on Tuesday sued the government over what she calls institutional sexism at the ministry she works for, citing almost two decades of blocked promotions and pay raises. (Japan Times)