• Kyodo


Defense Minister Yuriko Koike indicated Friday she has no wish to retain the post when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffles the Cabinet on Monday.

Speaking to reporters traveling with her to India, Koike said she wants to “pass the baton to a new minister” to take responsibility for the recent leak of confidential information on high-tech Aegis vessels. The leak, linked to a Maritime Self-Defense Force member, occurred months before Koike took her post but was one of the reasons cited for her choice of a successor to Vice Defense Minister Takemasa Moriya, a decision that caused her to lose a recent showdown with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhisa Shiozaki.

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