Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida sacked his internal affairs minister on Sunday over funding irregularities, in a blow to his scandal-prone Cabinet that has already lost two ministers in one month, Mari Yamaguchi reported for the Associated Press (AP).
Photo Insert: Internal Affairs Minister Minoru Terada has been under fire over several accounting and funding irregularities.
Internal Affairs Minister Minoru Terada has been under fire over several accounting and funding irregularities. In one, he acknowledged that one of his support groups submitted accounting records carrying a dead person’s signature.
“I apologize for the series of resignations,” Kishida said. “I’m aware of my heavy responsibility for their appointment.”
He told reporters that he will announce Terada’s replacement on Monday. Terada showed up at the Prime Minister’s Office and told reporters that he had submitted his resignation to Kishida, though he did not say he was asked to do so.
“I made up my mind because I must not interfere with parliamentary discussion of key legislations because of my problems,” Terada said.
Terada, who has been grilled over the scandal for over a month, said his feelings were swayed between his hope to contribute to the Kishida Cabinet while being concerned about causing trouble because of his funding problems.
Kishida summoned Terada to his office and had him submit the resignation, NHK national television said. Kishida, when asked last Friday about a possible dismissal, did not defend Terada and only said he was going to make his own decision.