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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Japan's New Premier Known for Slips




TOKYO -- New Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori has contributed his share to the list of embarrassing gaffes for which Japanese politicians are well-known.


So much so that a national daily, the Mainichi Shimbun, devoted an article Wednesday to recounting them.


Among those listed, it recalled Mori's comments earlier this year about AIDS, which drew the wrath of members of the public and opposition parties.


"I was making the rounds as a candidate. When I was greeting farmers from my car, they all went into their homes. I felt like I had AIDS," it quoted Mori as saying Jan. 13.


He later apologized for the remark.


In describing the security problems the United States faced from the Y2K computer bug, Mori said: "When there is a blackout, the murderers always come out. I t's that type of society."