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Japan’s Kishida Replaces Fourth Minister in Two Months

  • Reconstruction minister resigns after allegations over finance
  • Cabinet support at record lows ahead of key parliament session
Kenya Akiba, earlier in November.  
Kenya Akiba, earlier in November.  Photographer: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images
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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s reconstruction minister became the fourth cabinet member to step down since October, as the government seeks to halt a slide in support and push a record budget through parliament.

Kenya Akiba resigned Tuesday after allegations of inappropriate use of political funds. He will be replaced by Hiromichi Watanabe, who has previously served in the role overseeing the revival of the areas hit by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster of 2011, national broadcaster NHK said.