The Strategist

Japan's Prime Minister apologizes for resignation of a third minister in a row

11/21/2022 - 03:28

Fumio Kishida, the prime minister of Japan, stated that he wanted to express his regret for the recent resignations of three of his ministers.
When asked to comment on the resignations of three ministers since October 24, the prime minister stated, "I feel a big responsibility" (quoted by Reuters). He added that he intended to nominate a new interior and communications minister on November 21.

In the wake of a funding controversy and despite media suggestions that Mr. Kishida was planning to remove him, interior minister Minoru Terada submitted his letter of resignation.

Daishiro Yamagiwa, the minister in charge of economic reconstruction, resigned as a result of his affiliation with a faith group. Mid-November saw the resignation of Justice Minister Yasuhiro Hanashi. This resulted from remarks that were taken to be disparaging of his job responsibilities.

According to Reuters, the resignations could further erode the prime minister's support, which is currently around 30% in multiple recent polls.