Economy Minister resigns
Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari has announced that he is resigning from his portfolio. The decision came after a week of allegations that the minister took bribes from a construction company.
The news of the alleged bribe was published by the weekly Shukan Bunshun magazine last week with the revelation that as much as 12 million Yen (£71,000; $101,000) had exchanged hands. Although the minister claimed that any cash received was a political donation there were no such records in his political funding accounts.