On Sunday, Minoru Terada, Japan’s internal affairs minister, resigned, becoming the third cabinet member to leave in less than a month under Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
Terada’s departure could further weaken the embattled premier, who has ratings below 30% in several recent opinion polls and whose resignation to apologize about the Unification Church made it difficult to carry out a political agenda amid funding scandals.
The revelation of the Unification Church came after the former prime minister Shinzo Abe was gunned down on the campaign trail in July.
The killer, who killed Abe, said his mother was bankrupt and blamed Abe for promoting it. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has ties to the church, but there is no organizational link to the party.