TOKYO, July 5 (UPI) -- Japanese Reconstruction Minister Ryu Matsumoto, only days into his job, resigned Tuesday after criticisms of his remarks concerning quake victims.
Matsumoto was appointed by Prime Minister Naoto Kan late last month to oversee reconstruction and relief work in northeast Japan devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
His resignation could add to the political headaches of Kan, who is already under pressure to resign, Kyodo News reported.
Matsumoto last week was quoted as telling the governor of the quake-hit Miyagi Prefecture that no help could be given to the affected people unless the prefecture came up with ideas, CNN reported.
Matsumoto in his resignation apologized to people in the disaster-affected region "for hurting their feelings with language that was inadequate and rough," The Wall Street Journal reported.
Kan was expected to appoint a successor to Matsumoto soon.
The government Tuesday approved a $25 billion additional budget to fund the quake reconstruction effort, including financial aid to victims, the Journal reported.