Asia Pacific Double-whammy for Japan's Shinzo Abe: Two female cabinet ministers resign

Industry minister and pro-nuclear advocate Yuko Obuchi and Justice minister Midori Matsushima were both appointed last month but stepped down today amid allegations of impropriety. They were part of Abe's effort to raise the profile of professional women. 

By , Correspondent

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The departure of both the Japanese industry and justice minsters today within hours of each other deals a significant blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and appears to mark the first significant crisis for a popular leader known for strength and decisiveness.