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Japan's Farm Minister Resigns Amid Political Funds Questions - Yahoo News

23, 2015. Minister Nishikawa has resigned following questions over his handling of political funding contributions. Nishikawa said Monday that he wanted to avoid disruptions to parliamentary proceedings and had chosen to leave the government. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's agriculture minister stepped down Monday following questions over political funding contributions, the latest in a celebrities tapes series of such resignations. Koya Nishikawa resigned as head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries saying he wanted to avoid disruptions to parliamentary proceedings. Questions arose over an alleged 1 million yen ($8,400) donation to a ruling Liberal Democratic Party chapter headed by http://sweeneybzvs.yuku.com Nishikawa from a company run by a sugar manufacturers association that had received government subsidies. "No matter how much I explain the situation, if people don't understand they don't understand," Nishikawa told reporters. "There is absolutely no conflict with the law, but people can still use this to tarnish my image." Nishikawa and other government officials said earlier that he had returned the money. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that he had resisted, but in the end accepted Nishikawa's resignation.
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