The new reconstruction minister, Ryu Matsumoto, met with Takuya Tasso, the governor of Iwate (Iwate was the prefecture hardest hit by the earthquake). During the meeting, Matsumoto was very rude. A firestorm of criticism ensued. Some even speculated that Matsumoto was rude because he wanted to bring down the Kan administration.
“It was likely an act that expressed the fact that he could no longer stand to work under Prime Minister Kan,” said Sadakazu Tanigaki.