Japan's Defense Minister Tomomi Inada speaks during a press conference on her resignation of minister at Defense Ministry in Tokyo Friday, July 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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Japan's hawkish defense minister resigned Friday over a long-brewing scandal involving the handling of military documents, in a major political blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.Abe, who has seen his popularity plummet in recent weeks over several controversies, apologized for the saga.Abe said that Fumio Kishida, the foreign minister, will also serve as interim defense chief until a replacement for Tomomi Inada is named.Abe, who became prime minister for a second time in December 2012 with a vow to rejuvenate Japan's economy, will reportedly revamp his cabinet next week in a bid to reboot the government, but he faces an uphill climb.
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