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3. Inada says she'll cooperate with 'cover-up' probe

Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada has once again denied her involvement in the alleged cover-up of the activity logs of Japan's peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. She says she will cooperate with an ongoing internal investigation into the allegations.

Inada spoke to the media on Friday, 2 days after it was reported she had agreed not to make public the fact that the daily records existed. Ministry officials had earlier said the logs had been destroyed.

The records were drawn up by Ground Self-Defense Force peacekeepers in South Sudan in July last year, when major armed clashes erupted in the country.

In response to the media reports, Inada said the ministry disclosed all the logs at her instruction and that withholding or covering up information goes against her policy.

She flatly denied having been briefed on the existence of the records, saying if that had been the case, she would have ordered their publication without fail.

Inada also said she has already told the ministry's Inspector General's Office of Legal Compliance that she will cooperate with its investigation.

She vowed to fulfill her responsibilities by getting to the bottom of the matter and giving a full explanation.

Inada admitted that she faces various criticisms, but said she has no intention of resigning.