Japan minister quits over atomic bomb comments

Japan's defence minister has resigned over his comments suggesting the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were inevitable.

Japan minister quits over atomic bomb comments
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.
Last Mod: 03 Temmuz 2007, 12:56
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