Japan's defence minister has resigned over his comments suggesting the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were inevitable.
Fumio Kyuma had come under intense criticism from A-bomb survivors, opposition politicians and fellow members of the cabinet following the comments over the weekend.
"I told prime minister Abe I would take responsibility and resign. The prime minister said it's a shame ... but said he accepted it," Kyuma said on Tuesday.
The bomb comment has hit Shinzo Abe's unpopular government just a few weeks before July 29 elections for the upper house of parliament.
Abe's support rates have already been slashed by public outrage over government mishandling of pension records.
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