Japan’s Aso: whether to attend G20 depends on situation in parliament


Tokyo, Mar 13 (Reuters) Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday it was unclear whether he would attend the Group of 20 finance leaders’ meeting in Buenos Aires next week given confusion in parliament over a suspected cronyism scandal.

Asked about his responsibility in the case, including any intention to resign as the head of Kobe Steel has said he would over a data-falsification scandal at the steelmaker, Aso said: “We cannot draw a simple comparison between Kobe Steel and this case.”

Kyodo news agency reported earlier that Aso was considering skipping the G20 gathering as the controversy over a suspected cover-up by the finance ministry in the scandal paralyses parliament and puts his job on the line.