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Japan finance minister Aso sorry for criticizing childless

Feb 05, 2019 - Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) - Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso has reluctantly apologized for saying childless people are to blame for the country's rising social security costs and its aging and declining population.

Aso said Tuesday that he apologized if some people found his remarks "unpleasant."

The gaffe-prone Aso, who is 78, is among conservative lawmakers in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government who have at times blamed the elderly or childless for long-term demographic trends.

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