Japan: Justice minister resigns after death penalty quip, second to leave Kishida’s cabinet in a month

Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“Japan’s justice minister resigned on Friday, becoming the second minister to leave the cabinet over a scandal in less than a month, as Prime Minister Fumio Kishida struggles to stem his sliding approval rating. Kishida’s support has slumped to the 30 per cent level in many recent polls, close to a danger zone that would make it hard for him to promote his agenda. The justice minister, Yasuhiro Hanashi, has come under widespread criticism over comments reported in the media in which he made light of his duties, specifically signing off on executions, which he referred to as ‘tedious.'” (11/11/22)