The Japan’s Olympics Chief Yoshitaka Sakurada has resigned over comments that offended people affected by a huge tsunami and earthquake in 2011.
At a fund-raising event, Sakurada suggested that backing the governing LDP member of parliament for the region was more important than its economic revival.
It is not the first time Minister Sakurada has been forced to apologize.
The former Olympics Chief said in February that he was disappointed by a Japanese swimmer’s leukaemia diagnosis.
He said he was worried that medal favourite Rikako Ikee’s illness might dampen enthusiasm for next year’s Olympics.
Sakurada also admitted last year to never having used a computer, despite being Japan’s cyber security minister.
After accepting Sakurada’s resignation, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologized for appointing him.
“I deeply apologise for his remark to the people in the disaster-hit areas,” said PM Abe.
The 2011 tsunami left more than 20,000 dead and caused a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Meanwhile, Shunichi Suzuki, who had been Olympics minister before Sakurada was appointed last October, will return to the post.