On July 27, the foreign press promptly reported Defense Minister Tomomi Inada’s announcement of her intention to step down from her post.
Reuters said that the “series of missteps, gaffes and a suspected coverup” by Defense Minister Tomomi Inada contributed to a plunge in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s support. The report went on to say that Inada “was once floated as his [Abe’s] possible successor” but had already been expected to be replaced in a cabinet reshuffle planned for next month.
South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency said that Inada “has been under fire for lying and committing gaffes” and cited her statement at a Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election rally and her ties with Moritomo Gakuen in addition to the scandal related to covering up PKO daily activity logs.
China’s Global Times (digital version), which is under the auspices of the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper, also covered the news of Inada’s resignation, quoting from Japanese media reports. “It has been decided that key members of the Abe cabinet will be retained (in the cabinet reshuffle next month), but from early on there was no chance that Inada would be kept as she has been involved in a succession of scandals since taking office as defense minister.”