Two Female Japan Ministers Resign in a Day in Blow to Abe

October 20, 2014 5:37 AM

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After nearly two years without a single resignation from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet, two female ministers stepped down on the same day.

Yuko Obuchi, trade and industry minister, resigned over allegations of improper use of political funds, and Justice Minister Midori Matsushima, 58, quit over claims she breached election laws. The resignations are a double blow to Abe who has made promoting women a pillar of his economic policy.

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