Japanese minister of defense is moving on after plunging popularity premier

Japanese minister of defense is moving on after plunging popularity premier

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The Japanese Defence minister, Tomomi Inada, Friday announced her to resign. Inada was during her term of office, involved in a series of errors and a cover-up of her ministry. That contributed to the dive that the popularity of prime minister shinzo Abe in the last few weeks has taken.

The actual departure from Inada will fall at the same time as the publication of a report on the Japanese participation in the UN peacekeeping operation in South Sudan. That investigation revolves around allegations that employees of the ministry of Defence would have tried messages about the deteriorating security situation in that country to hide. Inada is accused of them to help.

The participation of Japan to the united nations peacekeeping force is controversial: it is the first time that Japanese troops abroad since the Second world War. According to the Japanese law, it may do so only if there is a cease-fire. In the messages could, however, be said about fighting between the South Sudanese government and rebel groups.

A protégé

The 58-year-old Inada is seen as a protégé of Abe and shares his conservative views. Nevertheless, she expected that they following week would be replaced during an attempt by the premier to his numbers in the polls to improve.

In some of the polls, the popularity of Abe below 30 percent plunge. The premier is under fire in a number of scandals about possible favouritism and is seen by many voters alleged that their interest is not responsible.

Abe held a press conference after that in which Inada her departure announced. He offered the Japanese people “from my heart” are apologies.

Inada will be replaced by Fumio Kishida, the minister of Foreign Affairs, that her tasks to add to its own portfolio.

According to Abe can therefore be prevented that there is a leiderschapsgat fall at the same time that Japan is faced with security challenges, such as the recent tensions surrounding the weapons programs of North Korea.


Despite the populariteitsproblemen of prime minister Abe succeeds, the Japanese opposition not yet in use. Thursday announced Renho, the leader of the largest opposition party, the Democratic y, her departure. That is the best way to get the image of her party to repair, says Renho, who only that name.

The Democratic y is struggling with the ongoing quarrels in their own ranks. Voters will remember in addition, the participation of the party to a controversial government between 2009 and 2012.

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