Japan trade minister resigns over vote buying scandal

Japan’s trade minister resigned Friday a month into his job in a scandal over condolence money, expensive melons and other…

Japan’s trade minister resigned Friday a month into his job in a scandal over condolence money, expensive melons and other gifts allegedly offered to election supporters. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was quick to remove Isshu Sugawara to limit the potential damage to his Cabinet. He accepted the offer to resign and replaced Sugawara with Hiroshi Kajiyama, formerly the minister in charge of local revitalization and regulatory reform.

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