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Japan's Finance Ministry takes heat from cabinet over harassment

Top bureaucrat's accusers asked to cooperate with outside investigation

The Ministry of Finance has drawn fire from across the political spectrum for asking female reporters accusing its highest-ranking bureaucrat, Junichi Fukuda, of sexually harassing them to come forward and cooperate with its probe.

TOKYO -- Japan's cabinet and ruling party are blasting the Ministry of Finance for its response to sexual harassment allegations against its top career bureaucrat after the women making them were called on to cooperate with investigators.

A weekly magazine recently reported allegations by multiple female reporters that Administrative Vice Minister Junichi Fukuda had sexually harassed them. Audio of what sounds like Fukuda's problematic comments was also released.

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