Japanese Prime Minister fires third minister within a month
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Sunday fired another cabinet minister over financial irregularities, state broadcaster NHK reported.
It is a blow to the scandalous Kishida government, which has already lost two ministers in a month.
Interior Minister Minoru Terada was criticized for several accounting and financial irregularities.
In one of them, Terada confirmed that his aides had presented accounting documents signed by a deceased person.
NHK reported that Kishida called Terada to his office today and asked him to resign.
When asked about the minister’s possible dismissal last week, Kishida did not defend him, saying only that he would make his own decision.
Terada said he broke no law, promised to solve accounting problems and was determined to remain in office.
Opposition MPs said the Interior Ministry’s funding problems were represented in its political money monitoring mission and called for his resignation.
And recent opinion polls — conducted by the media — showed that the majority of those polled support Terada’s resignation.
Japan’s Tourism and Economy Minister Daichiro Yamagiwa resigned on October 24 after being criticized for failing to explain his ties to the Unification Church, beginning what has become known as the Kishida government’s “domino resignation”. .
Terada’s departure also comes just ten days after Justice Minister Yasuhiro Hanashi was forced to resign over his comments.
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