A senior Japanese labor ministry official has been removed from his post, after being questioned by police in South Korea regarding a dispute he had with staff members at an airport.
The ministry says a division chief got into trouble on Tuesday at Gimpo Airport in Seoul on his way home from a holiday trip. He returned to Japan the same day.
The official told NHK the problem occurred because he was barred from boarding a flight after he was accused of being under the influence of alcohol. He denies the accusation.
He also denies assaulting a staff member at the airport, and he says he apologized for causing trouble.
National public servants are required to notify their superiors before traveling abroad. But the official reportedly failed to do so.
The ministry said it would be difficult for the official to continue performing his duties and removed him from his post on Wednesday. The ministry also apologized for the incident.
Earlier this month, the official told lawmakers from the governing Liberal Democratic Party that the government intended to start discussing a plan to introduce a national minimum wage for different types of jobs.
The labor minister and other cabinet members immediately disputed the statement and said it was the official's personal opinion.