Setback to Abe as two key Japan ministers resign
October 20 , 2014
Two key female ministers in Japan, Midori Matsushima and Yuko Obuchi, have resigned, media reports say.
Matsushima, the justice minister, quit hours after the resignation of Obuchi, the trade and industry minister. While Matsushima faced allegations of violating electoral laws, Obuchi was accused of misusing campaign funds and political donations.
The two resignations are being seen as a significant setback to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has tried to bring more women to senior government posts.