Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged all cabinet members to renew their sense of responsibility and take a more serious attitude in order to respond to the people's mandate.
Abe spoke to reporters on Friday after State Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ichiro Tsukada offered to step down over comments he made about a road construction project. The prime minister also said that keeping the public's trust is the most important aspect working for the government.
Earlier this week, Tsukada spoke at a meeting about a road construction project to connect Fukuoka and Yamaguchi, the home prefectures of Abe and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso.
Tsukada said the prime minister and deputy prime minister cannot talk about matters involving their own constituencies, so he guessed what they were thinking about the project.
Tsukada later retracted the comments, saying they did not reflect the facts.
Reporters asked Abe if he was convinced by Tsukada's explanation that he simply got carried away when he made the controversial remarks.
Abe responded by saying the words that politicians use must be truthful no matter the mood or what is happening in a given moment.