Once a front runner in the world of Japanese politics, Tomomi Inada recently resigned from her post as Defense Minister. She tendered her resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a questionable time.

This happened during investigations into an alleged cover up she participated in. Abe’s Cabinet members have not had a good year so far, and her departure is an additional incident to the growing number of scandals, CNN reported.

Japanese presence in South Sudan

The Defense Department launched an investigation into Inada’s actions relating to the Japanese presence in South Sudan.

She denied any participation and insisted that she was innocent. The report stated that she assisted in concealing pertinent records relating to Japanese peacekeepers. These records are of utmost importance as they include an in-depth account of the dangers these Japanese citizens faced in the war-torn African region.

The Inada-led Defense Ministry stated that they did not have data on Japanese activity. However, the investigations ensued as it was later disclosed that they were available after all.

This data was crucial in deciding whether the Asian nation would continue sending peacekeepers and other troops to the embattled country. As no records were available at that time, Japan continued to deploy troops.

If the report had surfaced on time, the country would have ceased its operations in South Sudan.

Inada worked hard to reach the Defense Minister post. She assumed the position in August 2016. Based on her political history and the numerous merits under her name, some people considered she might be the next Prime Minister after the end of Abe’s term.

If this happened, she would create history by being the first female prime minister in Japan’s history.

Abe’s Cabinet

Inada and Abe advocate for Japan’s continued participation in military proceedings across the globe. In fact, they even want the country to have a more active role. Despite its history in World War II and the resurgence of military threats in Asia, detractors have slammed Abe for seeking a more conciliatory approach.

Abe’s Cabinet, which includes Inada, has been rocked by scandals these past months. Recently, a certain Yasunori Kagioke informed lawmakers that his political influence helped him and his company, Moritomo Gakuen, with land purchases from the government.

When questioned, Inada stated, under oath, that she did not have any relations with the man. Upon further review by investigators, they found out that Inada acted as a lawyer for Moritomo Gakuen in a 2004 trial. She later admitted to this and expressed her apologies for the oversight. Her explanation detailed the events of that trial which was originally her husband’s case.

The political landscape in Japan is wrought with concerns. Inada, who has proven her extensive capabilities in the past, hit a wall with the recent allegations against her. Prime Minister Abe will need to scrutinize his Cabinet and ensure no more dishonesty occurs. He must succeed in this if he wants his Cabinet to continue serving their nation.