Source: News Bharati English28 Jul 2017 11:43:50

Tokyo, July 28: After the historical defeat in Tokyo Metropolitan Election Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talked about a reshuffle in the cabinet. But before reshuffling, Japan’s Defense Minister Tomomi Inada resigned on Friday morning. Inada was already devastated with various controversies. But the resignation came up with the scandal of covering up the daily activity logs of Japanese troops serving as U.N. peacekeepers in South Sudan.

An investigation report told that that defense ministry official tried to hide logs showing worsening security in South Sudan. Recently Japanese troops joined in a U.S.-led peacekeeping operation in South Sudan. Since World war II no Japanese troops have died in combat. Hence the situation in South Sudan gave rise to concern. In addition to that, the deployment of the troop in that condition was not in line with  Japan's pacifist constitution.

 "I accepted (Inada's) resignation out of respect for her desire to take responsibility for having caused disruption," Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told. He also admitted his responsibility for appointing her.  He made an apology to the public.

Though Inada resigned it was widely expected that Abe would be replacing her in the new cabinet. Relating to information disclosure a probe has found that ministry and defense force officials had violated the law. The probe exactly could not found Inada responsible.

"As the defense minister who directs and supervises the Defense Ministry and SDF, I am acutely aware of my responsibility...and I have decided to leave the role," Inada said. "As the defense minister who directs and supervises the Defense Ministry and SDF, I am acutely aware of my responsibility...and I have decided to leave the role," she added.

Abe was also held responsible for the corruption. "The responsibility of the prime minister, who had defended Inada until the situation became so serious, is grave," said Kazunori Yamanoi, head of the largest opposition Democratic Party's Diet Affairs Committee.