From Jiji Press
December 4th 2019
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been criticized for his remark that appeared to link a disabled worker with a delay in scrapping guest lists for a cherry blossom party at the center of cronyism allegations.
Explaining why the work was delayed until May 9, four weeks after this year’s cherry blossom-viewing party in April, Abe recently cited scheduling arrangements for a nonregular worker who operates a document shredder at the Cabinet Office.
Abe, already under fire for inviting many of his supporters to state-funded annual cherry blossom-viewing parties, said the nonregular employee is a disabled worker on shortened work hours.
The prime minister gave the explanation Monday at a plenary meeting of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, the country’s parliament.
Abe has drawn fresh fire, because his remark was taken to show a lack of consideration for socially vulnerable people.