Japan’s Economy Minister Akira Amari said he will take leave for two weeks to receive treatment for early-stage cancer of the tongue.
Amari, 64, told reporters in Tokyo that his deputy, Yasutoshi Nishimura, will assume his duties while he’s on leave. Amari said he will have an operation as early as next week. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refused his offer to resign, Amari said.
After the operation, Amari said his doctors told him he will need two weeks in the hospital, and then a week or two of rest at home before he can return to work. Nishimura said that he would attend the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks scheduled for this weekend in Singapore instead of Amari.
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