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Japan's Abe taps senior official for Cabinet administrative reform post

Japan's Abe taps senior official for Cabinet administrative reform post

The embattled government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked a senior official to replace a Cabinet minister who resigned over a political funds scandal, the official said Thursday.
Cabinet Office Senior Vice-Minister Yoshimi Watanabe said he had received a call from Abe in middle of the night about stepping in to replace Genichiro Sata as administrative reform minister.
Sata resigned Wednesday evening after admitting that a support group had engaged in fraudulent accounting. Sata's departure marked the second high-profile government resignation in a week.
"I feel a great weight at this stage, a great weight," Watanabe said early Thursday in comments shown on public broadcaster NHK.
Abe was expected to formally offer Watanabe the post later Thursday, according to Kyodo News agency. His appointment will take effect after a ceremony at the Imperial Palace in the afternoon, it said.
The scandal broke earlier this week when local media reported that a support group for Sata told the state it spent 78 million yen (US$656,600;


Updated : 2021-04-11 06:08 GMT+08:00