Japan's new interior minister appointed after predecessor's resignation
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The first Minister JapaneseFumio Kishida, appointed Takeaki Matsumoto as the new interior minister on Monday, after his predecessor resigned the day before after being involved in a financing scandal.

I have decided to appoint Takeaki Matsumoto to the position, who knows a lot about the tax system, digitization, telecommunication and administrative reform, as well as having previous experience as a minister.he said today Kishida to the media.

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The prime minister also pointed out that there are many pending issues that the Interior portfolio must deal with and that he “wants to fulfill his responsibility as prime minister “seeking approval of important and pending issues to regain the trust of the Japanese people.”

Matsumoto (63 years old), chancellor of the Democratic Party (PD, now extinct) between 2009 and 2012, replaces Minoru Terada, who presented his resignation this Sunday after he Kishida came under pressure to remove him, according to media leaks.

The new minister joined the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (PLD) in 2017 and is also a great-great-grandson of former Japanese Prime Minister Hirobumi Ito, the archipelago’s first.

The one of Sunday supposes the third resignation of a ministerial position of the Cabinet of Kishida in less than a month and a new blow to the low approval rating of his Administration, which is at its lowest just over a year after taking office.

Terada had been criticized for various irregularities in the matter of electoral funds and had acknowledged that one of his support groups presented financing documentation apparently signed by a deceased person for several years.

The politician, who was a special adviser to Kishida Before assuming the ministerial position as a first-timer in the reshuffle of the Cabinet this summer, he insisted that he is not responsible for these documents, since the aforementioned group is headed by another person.

Despite leading his party to victory in the July partial parliamentary elections, the popularity of Kishida it has been severely diminished after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe around this time exposed links between the LDP and the religious group known as the Unification Church.

On October 24, the Minister of Economic Revitalization, Daishiro Yamagiwa, left office due to criticism received for his ties to the creed, also known as the “Moon Sect.”

More recently, Kishida dismissed then-Justice Minister Yasuhiro Hanashi on 11 November after frivolous comments about his duties and the death penalty.

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