Japanese PM Definitely Not Afraid of Ghosts
Cabinet says mansion not haunted ... but he still hasn't moved in
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 24, 2013 9:55 AM CDT
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe waves on his arrival at Yangon airport in Myanmar, May 24, 2013.   (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

(Newser) – Here's a press release you don't have to issue every day. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe still hasn't moved into his official residence in Tokyo, and his Cabinet today released a formal statement assuring the public that it wasn't because the place is haunted, the AFP reports. The 11-room brick mansion has a spooky reputation; some former prime ministers have reported unusual phenomena there, and some first ladies have publicly refused to move in for that reason.

But no prime minister has stayed away from the place as long as Abe, who came into his position in December. An opposition lawmaker tried to make hay about that, sending a letter to Abe's Cabinet reading, "There are rumors that the official residence is haunted by ghosts. Is it true? Does Prime Minister Abe refuse to move to the official residence because of the rumors?" Kyodo News reports that the Cabinet replied that it is "not aware" of any ghosts and does "not assent to what was asked."

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May 24, 2013 12:49 PM CDT
He's such a silly little man. Maybe those are the ghosts of all the "tube people" the japanese government let die. "Japan's new government is barely a month old, and already one of its most senior members has insulted tens of millions of voters by suggesting that the elderly are an unnecessary drain on the country's finances. Taro Aso, the finance minister, said on Monday that the elderly should be allowed to hurry up and die to relieve pressure on the state to pay for their medical care." http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/22/elderly-hurry-up-die-japanese
May 24, 2013 12:27 PM CDT
It must be contagious.........Dublin's Lord Mayor thinks Mansion House is haunted. http://entertainment.ie/wtf/Dublin-Lord-Mayor-thinks-Mansion-House-is-haunted/187917.htm
May 24, 2013 11:05 AM CDT
Who ya gonna call?