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Japan’s Kishida Seeks to Minimize Fallout as Minister Steps Down

  • Economy Minister stepped down over ties to Unification Church
  • Premier is battling a slide in support as prices rise
Fumio Kishida

Fumio Kishida

Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida tried to repair political damage after his economy minister stepped down over ties to a fringe religion, pledging to press ahead with an economic stimulus package that contains help for households.

“I believe we can draw up the plans by the end of the month, as scheduled,” Kishida told reporters Tuesday after accepting the resignation of economy minister Daishiro Yamagiwa the previous day. Former Health Minister Shigeyuki Goto will take over the post, Kishida said.