The credibility of the nation’s defense administration is at stake in the wake of a fresh scandal embroiling a former top bureaucrat of the Defense Ministry and a defense contractor. We welcome the nonpartisan decision, reached at a Lower House select committee last week, to summon former administrative Vice Defense Minister Takemasa Moriya to the Diet as a sworn witness on Monday.

The 63-year-old Mr. Moriya, who just retired from the ministry two months ago after having served as its administrative chieftain for four years, is under fire over his allegedly dubious relations with defense equipment trader Yamada Corp.

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