LDP figure hits Hibiya jobless as slackers, retracts gaffe

Referring to the hundreds of laid-off temp workers and others who sought shelter over the weekend at a tent village in Tokyo, the Liberal Democratic Party member said at a New Year’s address Monday, “I wonder if people who are really serious about working gathered there.”

After opposition lawmakers and others objected to his remarks, Sakamoto apologized at a news conference.

“I have caused trouble to concerned parties,” he said.