'Can I touch your boobs?'- Harassment scandal shakes Japan's troubled Finance Ministry
Kyodo -- Apr 14
Criticism mounted Friday of Japan's top Finance Ministry bureaucrat after an alleged audio clip of him sexually harassing a female reporter emerged.

In the clip posted on the website of a weekly magazine publisher a day after it reported on the bureaucrat's behavior, a man purported to be Junichi Fukuda, vice finance minister, asks a reporter, "Can I give you a hug?" and "Can I touch your boobs?"

The Shukan Shincho reported that Fukuda made sexually suggestive comments to female reporters while drinking. He denied the allegations when confronted by a reporter from the magazine.

News source: Kyodo
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