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Defense Minister Tomomi Inada again denied Friday that she was involved in an alleged cover-up of the politically sensitive Ground Self-Defense Force activity logs from conflict-riven South Sudan and rebuffed calls for her resignation.

Facing a packed news conference at the Defense Ministry, a solemn Inada repeatedly denied approving a cover-up and stressed her willingness to cooperate with an internal investigation into the scandal that she ordered in March.

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