Japan's Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Minoru Terada arrives at Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's official residence in Tokyo
Japan's Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Minoru Terada arrives at Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's official residence in Tokyo, Japan August 10, 2022. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo Photo: Reuters/ISSEI KATO
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Third Japanese cabinet minister in a month resigns in blow to Kishida

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By Elaine Lies and Kantaro Komiya

Japan's internal affairs minister resigned on Sunday in connection with a funding scandal, becoming the third cabinet member to leave in less than a month in a severe blow to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's already shaky support.

Kishida's approval ratings have sunk after the July assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe revealed deep and longstanding ties between ruling Liberal Democratic Party politicians and the Unification Church, a group that critics say is a cult.

Internal affairs minister Minoru Terada tendered his resignation to Kishida after media reports the premier was preparing to sack him. Kishida's office could not be reached for comment on those reports.

Terada, under fire for several funding scandals, has acknowledged that one of his support groups had submitted funding documentation ostensibly signed by a dead person.

Kishida said he had accepted Terada's resignation in order to prioritize parliamentary debate, including discussions on a second extra budget for the fiscal year ending in March.

Asked about the fact that three ministers have resigned since Oct. 24, Kishida said he would like to apologize.

"I feel a heavy responsibility," he told reporters, adding that he planned to formally name Terada's successor early on Monday. He is likely to nominate Takeaki Matsumoto, a former foreign minister, NHK public television said.

Terada's departure could further weaken the embattled premier, whose support ratings have remained below 30% in several recent opinion polls, a level that may make it difficult for him to carry out his political agenda.

After leading the LDP to an election victory days after Abe was gunned down on the campaign trail, Kishida had been widely expected to enjoy a "golden three years" with no national elections required until 2025.

Abe's suspected killer said his mother was bankrupted by the Unification Church and blamed Abe for promoting it. The LDP has acknowledged many lawmakers have ties to the church but that there is no organizational link to the party.

A vast majority of voters also disapproved of Kishida's decision to hold a state funeral for Abe, which took place at the end of September.

Economic revitalization minister Daishiro Yamagiwa resigned on Oct. 24 due to his ties to the religious group, and Kishida came under fire for what voters saw as his delayed and clumsy handling of the situation.

Further damage came from the resignation of justice minister Yasuhiro Hanashi in mid-November for comments seen as making light of his work responsibilities, specifically signing off on executions.

Hanashi and Terada's resignations are likely to be especially painful because they were members of Kishida's faction in the LDP.

Editor: Story has been updated to report Terada submitting his resignation.

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At this pace, all ministers will have been fired well before the "golden three years" are over. Hmm . . . Why not just dissolve the LDP?

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planning to sack internal affairs minister

What the heck are you waiting for ? ? ?

Should have been sacked already.

How about an announcement of what has been done instead of an announcement of what will be done !

Dithering morons !

-9 ( +15 / -24 )

Mr. Kishida doesn't seem to be doing so great. Maybe he should just fire himself.

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Will he fire himself last?

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His departure could further weaken Kishida, whose support ratings have remained stuck below 30% in some recent opinion polls, a level that may make it difficult for him to carry out his political agenda.

If the ruling party attracted half the votes at the last election, and given that half the electorate can’t be bothered voting anyway, that 30% support equates to an overwhelming endorsement of the Kishida administration by those rusted on true believers whose fortunes are inextricably linked to the regime’s. To these die hards, the 70% overwhelming disaffection level can go on being safely ignored.

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that 30% support

The only "democracy" in the world where a 30% support is enough to get re-elected year after year.

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a funding documentation ostensibly signed by a dead person

I love it! You or I do this and we are headed to jail.

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@MumbaiRocks

One rule for them ( politicians) and one rule for us plebs!!!( Working class).

Disgusting tbh.

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documentation ostensibly signed by a dead person

Did the dead fellow ostesibly sign, or was he ostensibly dead?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Right... and then 10 minutes later he'll put him in another government position.

-6 ( +7 / -13 )

or was he ostensibly dead?

He could’ve been in a state of cardiac arrest. Or, mesmeric trance.

In Japan, the authorities customarily describe those without vital signs as being in “shinpai teishi,” or a state of cardiac and pulmonary arrest, and do not confirm deaths until they are pronounced at hospitals and other necessary procedures are done.

https://xroads.virginia.edu/~Hyper/POE/fact.html

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one of his support groups had submitted a funding documentation ostensibly signed by a dead person,

Every single person in that group needs to be investigated.

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There is an open position in the Ministry of Justice.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Classic Japanese politics. The minister for internal affairs who is supposed to monitor corruption is as corrupt as the rest of them.

-2 ( +12 / -14 )

This reminds me and many others of an X president that his trying to make a come back , no need to mention names, LOL

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Right... and then 10 minutes later he'll put him in another government position.

He doesn't have to. He might get fired, but he will maintain his lawmaker seat.

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Classic Japanese politics. The minister for internal affairs who is supposed to monitor corruption is as corrupt as the rest of them.

a.k.a. the fox guarding the chickens.

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

There is an open position in the Ministry of Justice.

Don't worry I am sure they can find another old fossil to fill the position. just playing musical chairs at the old folks home again.

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

What the heck ???

They changed the headline and the article but kept the previous comments ?

Unbelievable !

Yes i understand they sacked the internal affairs minister but however who will be taking his place and why hasn't that been announced ?

It appears the LDP is just a total shambles riddled with corruption shenanigans.

Infuriating to say the least !

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Kishida had been widely expected to enjoy a "golden three years"

Expected to enjoy 3 golden years ? ? ?

During a pandemic ?

With bad relationships with neighbors on all sides and having to pay the greedy yanks for their occupation and as a cash cow for the USA hegemony agenda.

Oh yes a wonderful Expected 3 golden years !

Jack n the beanstack golden egg dream !

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A vast majority of voters also disapproved of Kishida's decision to hold a state funeral for Abe, which took place at the end of September.

A waste of taxpayers money on this event which was more expensive than the Queens funeral!

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Kishida was a "Yes Man" to Abe, now he's the Leader, he seems to be floundering.

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The "Tokyo Immigration Bureau" should be fixed. The number of Deaths there are unacceptable, and a damage to the reputation of Japan Internationally, particularly as they can be seen as being Racially Motivated, and ignite old wounds....

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I do not know what is worse! The poor morals of the conservative LDP lead by Shinzo Abe for so many years, or Terada's hairpiece.

All of this Shinzo Abe's. The corrupt PM that keeps on providing more embarrassment even after his untimely death.

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Good to know that this politician resigning bcoz of guilt of shame ness. Only in Japan

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A vast majority of voters also disapproved of Kishida's decision to hold a state funeral for Abe, which took place at the end of September.

A waste of taxpayers money on this event which was more expensive than the Queens funeral!

Stupid move on the part of Kishida. He didn't read the mood of the people. He should have listened to them. That funeral is his Achilles Heel.

The "Tokyo Immigration Bureau" should be fixed. The number of Deaths there are unacceptable, and a damage to the reputation of Japan Internationally, particularly as they can be seen as being Racially Motivated, and ignite old wounds....

Amen brother! But the immigration bureau is only the tip of the iceberg. They have to fundamentally revamp the whole justice system which resembles a 4th world country's more than a developed one.

I do not know what is worse! The poor morals of the conservative LDP lead by Shinzo Abe for so many years, or Terada's hairpiece.

That's a tough one! You got me there!

All of this Shinzo Abe's. The corrupt PM that keeps on providing more embarrassment even after his untimely death.

THIS!!!!!!!

-11 ( +4 / -15 )

Not Kono next please.

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whose support ratings have remained below 30% in several recent opinion polls, a level that may make it difficult for him to carry out his political agenda

Since when did the Japanese gov’t (aka the LDP) care what ‘the people’ think?

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*whose support ratings have remained below 30% in several recent opinion polls, a *level that may make it difficult for him to carry out his political agenda

Since when did the Japanese gov’t (aka the LDP) care what ‘the people’ think?

Exactly! Makes about as much sense as Xi worrying about his popularity in China

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

At this pace, all ministers will have been fired well before the "golden three years" are over. 

Time for Kishida to run for the shadows.

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*whose support ratings have remained below 30% in several recent opinion polls, a *level that may make it difficult for him to carry out his political agenda

Since when did the Japanese gov’t (aka the LDP) care what ‘the people’ think?"

Spot on...in addition , there is no election on the horizon and opposition is fragmented as always. There is nobody stopping Kishida from carrying out his agenda - problem is he doesnt really have one. All his talk of "New Capitalism " has proven to be just a Abe style hot air bubble with no action taken on anything. Guess he is busy jetting around the world attending pursuing photo-ops. Should have just stayed a Foreign Minister.

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I wonder if this is a Japanese version of a general election, a way of changing the government, without the party actually leaving power. Resign, resign, resign, Bow, say sorry, change the leader, juuuuuuust before the election, then ask the public to choose the same party….again. You get what you vote for….. or not in this case.

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

Yes as noted the LDP is a joke, a one party democracy which did not come into being on its own merit during the post-Occupation era, and has rarely if ever reflected the popular will of the people.

The usual base corruption as reflected here in conjunction with support from their associates in DC is the only way it has remained in power.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Should have used the Joel Hayley Osment defence, "I want to tell you my secret, Mr Kishida. I see dead people." Who knows, it might have saved his career...

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Don't worry! The Moonies will continue funding his lavish lifestyle as well as other lifestyles of Japanese political elites.

The Unification Church will continue to enslave Japan as a cult nation for the United States to divide and rule.

There is a hierarchy in Japan that everyone should be aware of after Abe's assassination.

United States military/intelligence community in Japan Korean cultists/Korean Yakuzas (under American payrolls) Japanese political elites/Keiretsu bosses (under Korean payrolls) Japanese monarchy Japanese citizens Foreign residents.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Pretty sure he got fired

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Yesterday's news mentioned that 2 out of 3 leavers were member of Kishida's own faction and 1 belonged to the Aso faction. The new joiner (Matsumoto) replacing Terada being...yet another Aso guy.

The merry-go-round just doing his circles...Nothing new to see...

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