- Title: Tokyo residents angry, concerned as Japan defence minister quits
- Date: 28th July 2017
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (FILE) (REUTERS) PEOPLE WALKING INTO JAPAN'S DEFENCE MINISTRY SIGN READING (Japanese): "Ministry of Defence"
- Embargoed: 11th August 2017 06:34
- Keywords: Japan defence minister Tomomi Inada Shinzo Abe North Korea Inada North Korea Japan security concerns
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Defence,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026RMS9C5
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Tokyo residents on Friday (July 28) expressed anger and concern after embattled Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada said she was resigning, following a series of gaffes, missteps and a cover-up at her ministry.
Inada, 58, an Abe protege who shares his conservative views and had been suggested as a possible future premier, had already expected to be replaced in a likely cabinet reshuffle next week that Abe hopes will help rebuild his public support ratings, which have sharply plunged.
On the streets of the capital city, some residents said she should have resigned "much earlier", while others were shocked she was quitting amid a heightened threat from North Korea.
Earlier in the day, Japan announced it would be imposing further sanctions on the secretive state over its missile and nuclear weapons programs, just hours after the U.S. Senate also voted for fresh sanctions.
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