Japanese farm minister resigns for election defeat

Japanese farm minister Norihiko Akagi resigned Wednesday to take responsibility for the crushing election defeat of the ruling coalition government.

Japanese farm minister resigns for election defeat
Japanese farm minister Norihiko Akagi resigned Wednesday to take responsibility for the crushing election defeat of the ruling coalition government.

Akagi considered his political fund scandal as the cause of the the House of Councillors election result Sunday and submitted his resignation.

"Media reports concerning myself and other factors had an impact on the election and it was all too clear that it was a factor that invited the loss of the ruling coalition," Akagi told reporters at the prime minister's office.

Akagi is suspected of reporting office expenses for the past 10 years for a defunct political office that was registered at his parents' address.

Akagi's scandals surfaced soon after he succeeded Toshikatsu Matsuoka, who committed suicide in May amid a bribery scandal, in June.

Abe's ruling coalition suffered a crushing defeat in Sunday's election, failing to keep the majority in the upper chamber of the Japanese parliament for the first time since 1998.

Akagi is the fourth cabinet member to resign since Abe took office last September.

DPA
Last Mod: 01 Ağustos 2007, 11:27
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