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Rapid-fire resignations show Abe is losing his touch

Gaffes and scandals bring concern about personnel choices back to the fore

Katsuyuki Kawai stepped down as Japan's justice minister on Thursday, less than a week after Isshu Sugawara's resignation as trade minister. (Photos by Uichiro Kasai and Kai Fujii)

TOKYO -- The resignation of two cabinet members in a week and a string of gaffes by other ministers suggest Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government may be turning careless and even smug under his third term.

Abe accepted the resignation of Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai on Thursday, shortly after the Shukan Bunshun weekly magazine reported allegations of election law violations by Kawai and his wife, a lawmaker in Abe's Liberal Democratic Party.

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