In a news conference late this afternoon, Genichiro Sada expressed his intent to resign as Administrative Reforms Minister.
What the administration got right: They did not let the issue linger; the end came swiftly. They averted a media and DPJ frenzy.
What they did wrong: They let him go public (albeit, as it turned out, to announce his resignation) as if they couldn't/wouldn't make the decision themselves. The Abe administration should at least have telegraphed the notion that they had already made the decision and that Mr. Sada's public appearance would be a pro forma, mea culpa public hara-kiri act of atonement.
It is obvious that the Abe administration is going up the learning curve, and fast, literally by the day. If they get any better, they can go into business as risk management consultants. If they get the chance to become any better than that, they may have no choice.