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Japan’s Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara on Tuesday apologized for his comments suggesting that money would ultimately decide whether local authorities accept the central government’s proposal for building facilities to store radioactivity-contaminated soil accumulated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Ishihara offered the apology at a press conference, saying that his inconsiderate remarks might have upset people in Fukushima Prefecture.

Some Cabinet ministers were critical of Ishihara on Tuesday, saying he needs to explain the true intention behind his comments.
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