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Japan PM sacks 4th minister to patch up scandal-hit Cabinet


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TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has dismissed his fourth minister in two months to patch a scandal-tainted Cabinet that has raised questions over his judgment of staff credentials. Kenya Akiba, minister in charge of reconstruction of Fukushima and other disaster-hit areas, faced allegations of mishandling political and election funds and of ties to the Unification Church, whose practices and huge donations have raised controversy. His dismissal is seen as Kishida’s attempt to remove an administration’s soft spot that could stall upcoming parliamentary work on a key budget bill, including hefty defense spending. Also Tuesday, Kishida accepted the resignation of Internal Affairs Minister Mio Sugita, who has made derogatory remarks against sexual and ethnic minorities.

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