Japan senior official suspended over tsunami victims blog
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's government on Thursday suspended a senior bureaucrat who blogged about the pointlessness of rebuilding tsunami-wrecked towns because they were populated mostly by economically unproductive old people.
The 51-year-old career civil servant said coastal areas that were destroyed in March 2011 were "almost in ruins" even before the disaster, which claimed more than 18,000 lives and turned whole communities to matchwood.
Writing anonymously, Hisanori Goto said it was unacceptable for public money to be spent rebuilding ports so that "old coots and hags can live off their vested interests in fisheries".
"Politicians who won't come out with the fair argument that reconstruction is unnecessary might as well die," he wrote.