The first female prime minister in Japan announced her resignation as defense minister amid internal turmoil. Tomomi Inada decided to step down from her prestigious office after a slew of mistakes and a cover-up urged the public support to drop its esteem for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Polls Showed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Lost Great Public Support through His Decisions regarding Defence Ministry
Tomomi Inada is one of the protégés of Shinzo Abe, and she shares with the Prime Minister of Japan similar conservatives approaches. However, due to a cover-up scandal together with other internal issues, Inada will no longer be considered as a candidate for premier. Instead, Abe will propose another official during next week’s cabinet reshuffle. His selection has to be good enough to rebuild public trust.
Various polls showed that the support fell 30% for the prime minister. The scandals that caused such a steep drop stemmed from suspicions of cronyism. Many believe that Tomomi Inada choice for defense minister was based on a personal agenda as she showed signs of incompetence. On top of that, many supporters feel that Abe’s office are taking them for granted.
The public support slipped Abe even more when the report of an investigation was released. These findings suggested that officials of the defense department chose to hide documents that attested a security threat in South Sudan. There are Japanese troops in this region that sustain a peacekeeping mission that the U.S. is leading.
Japanese Defense Minister Was the Author of Several Blunders Throughout Her Political Career
Inada was personally involved in this cover-up. A whistleblower confirmed the fact that the former Japanese defense minister was well aware of the existence of such documents. Despite this, she decided to deny the request to hand the logs over to investigators. However, this is not the first time Inada was the author of a lapse.
Former Japanese defense minister drew large disagreement when she asked aid for finding the ideal candidate to rule the party during a speech for her election campaign. However, this request is in conflict with the law as government employees are obliged to political neutrality. Another offense was her connection to a school operator that proved to have ultra-nationalist intentions.
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