Japan defense minister quits over peacekeepers' cover-up

Japan's defense minister resigned Friday, saying she accepted the responsibility for a cover-up in which her ministry concealed records of Japanese U.N. peacekeepers' activities and dangers they faced in South Sudan.

It was the latest blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's scandal-stricken government. Tomomi Inada was Abe's protege and her resignation came just days before the prime minister was expected to reshuffle his Cabinet in hopes of resurrecting his sagging public approval ratings.

"As defense minister, whose job is to oversee the organization, I feel serious responsibility over this," she said. "I'm stepping down."

Inada said the results of...