|Japan's newly appointed reconstruction minister Ryu Matsumoto speaks at a news conference after resigning his post, in Tokyo July 5, 2011.|
Forced to quit after barely a week as Japan's reconstruction minister for remarks deemed offensive to victims of the March earthquake and tsunami, Ryu Matsumoto had an unusual explanation for his behavior – his blood type, Reuters reported.
"My blood's type B, which means I can be irritable and impetuous, and my intentions don't always come across," he said Tuesday after his resignation. "My wife called me earlier to point that out. I think I need to reflect about that. "
Matsumoto was tapping into a widespread belief in Japan that blood types correspond to various character traits.
Many Japanese, however, said it was not an acceptable reason for Matsumoto's behavior on a trip to the devastated northern region, during which he told a prefecture governor the government would not help communities that failed to come up with ideas to help themselves.（点击路透社网站查看原文）
(China.org.cn July 8, 2011)