She also said she wants to “pass the baton” to someone who can get the extension of the anti-terror law passed.
The former reason strikes me as bizarre, seeing as how she wasn’t defense minister when details of the data leak emerged; presumably this resignation is driven more by her provoking the wrath of Mr. Moriya and bringing his allies down upon her head.
I have to imagine that she has lost the confidence of the ministry, making her position untenable. The MOD/JDA has struggled for years to develop its own base of talented personnel after decades of having its top officials seconded from MOFA and MOF, and I can’t imagine that long-serving ministry officials are particularly fond of Minister Koike after her attempt to bring her own deputy in from outside the ministry — breaking standard operating procedure to do so.
Still, couldn’t she have found something better than, “No one has taken responsibility for the Aegis leak, so I will?”