Japan: Defense chief resigns over A-bomb comments

Japan's embattled defense minister resigned Tuesday over his comments suggesting that the 1945 atomic bombings Hiroshima and Nagasaki were inevitable, news reports said. Fumio Kyuma had come under intense criticism from A-bomb survivors following the comments over the weekend. He had apologized. Broadcaster NHK and NTV carried news of the resignation. The furor came less than a month before parliamentary elections. The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is increasingly unpopular.