Japan punishes reconstruction official for slanderous tweets
Jiji Press -- Jun 21
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.

インターネットのツイッターで市民団体などを中傷した復興庁の幹部に停職30日の処分­です。
Sources: Jiji Press, ANNnewsCH
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