Japan's newly appointed Justice minister apologized Tuesday for a remark he made Friday comparing an influx of foreign prostitutes to blacks moving into a white neighborhood in the United States.

Following a raid on a red-light district in the Shinjuku section of Tokyo that netted 45 foreign women, Seiroku Kajiyama told reporters, "It's like bad money chasing out good money, or like blacks driving whites out of neighborhoods in America."His apology came a day after the U.S. State Department reportedly termed the remarks offensive.