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  Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has appointed former Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto as the new Home Affairs Minister Matsumoto said Monday Matsumoto replaced Minoru Terada who was summoned to the prime minister s office the day before and effectively fired for being involved in political finance scandals Terada s dismissal comes amid falling public support for Kishida s cabinet and marks the third minister to be effectively sacked in less than a month Before his ouster calls for Terada to resign had been growing from within his own Liberal Democratic Party LDP which said he had failed to sufficiently explain his involvement in the scandals Opposition parties which have launched the criticism and called for Terada s dismissal said his job as internal affairs and communications minister involves him in managing political funds and electoral issues Terada is alleged to have falsely reported expenses to the tune of 1 million yen about US 7 000 related to last year s lower house elections with the bill being paid by one of his support groups in violation of the Japan public office election law Terada had previously been criticized for admitting that his support group twice submitted annual political finance reports that were signed by a deceased person in violation of the political funds control law that Terada s ministry was supposed to oversee Matsumoto joined the LDP in 2017 after leaving the now defunct Democratic Party of Japan in 2015 where he served as foreign minister when the party was in power from 2009 to 2012 Matsumoto 63 from Tokyo is an eight term lower house lawmaker His constituency is in Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan Xinhua
Japan’s Kishida appoints new home affairs minister

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has appointed former Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto as the new Home Affairs Minister, Matsumoto said Monday.

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Matsumoto replaced Minoru Terada, who was summoned to the prime minister’s office the day before and effectively fired for being involved in political finance scandals.

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Terada’s dismissal comes amid falling public support for Kishida’s cabinet and marks the third minister to be effectively sacked in less than a month.

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Before his ouster, calls for Terada to resign had been growing from within his own Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which said he had failed to sufficiently explain his involvement in the scandals.

Opposition parties, which have launched the criticism and called for Terada’s dismissal, said his job as internal affairs and communications minister involves him in managing political funds and electoral issues.

Terada is alleged to have falsely reported expenses to the tune of 1 million yen (about US$7,000) related to last year’s lower house elections, with the bill being paid by one of his support groups, in violation of the Japan public office election. law.

Terada had previously been criticized for admitting that his support group twice submitted annual political finance reports that were signed by a deceased person, in violation of the political funds control law that Terada’s ministry was supposed to oversee.

Matsumoto joined the LDP in 2017 after leaving the now-defunct Democratic Party of Japan in 2015, where he served as foreign minister when the party was in power from 2009 to 2012.

Matsumoto, 63, from Tokyo, is an eight-term lower house lawmaker. His constituency is in Hyogo Prefecture, in western Japan. ■

(Xinhua)

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