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Wed Oct 30, 2019, 09:57 PM

Japan justice minister resigns in election fraud scandal

Source: Associated Press

Japan justice minister resigns in election fraud scandal

October 30, 2019

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s justice minister resigned Thursday over election fraud allegations involving his wife, also a lawmaker, and about his own reported gift-giving allegations, becoming the second Cabinet minister to step down in a week.

Katsuyuki Kawai’s resignation after the trade minister resigned last Friday are an embarrassment to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government, which has been also plagued with a series of gaffes that have incited public anger.

Abe told reporters he accepted the resignation submitted by Kawai, who said he did not want to cause trouble to the government’s justice policy because of his scandal.

“I decided to respect his decision ... I was the one who appointed Mr. Kawai and I deeply feel my responsibility for causing this result,” Abe said. “I offer my deep apologies to the people.”

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Read more: https://apnews.com/bd3c63069fcf4f958ece21af439f563a

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