Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara announced his resignation Sunday, apologizing for a political scandal in which he's become embroiled.
"I'm apologizing to the people of Japan for this political uneasiness," Maehara said at a Tokyo news conference.
The foreign minister had been under scrutiny for a political contribution he received from a South Korean in Japan. Under Japanese law, politicians cannot accept any money from foreigners. The money given to Maehara - 50,000 yen ($600) - came from a lifelong friend.
Maehara met with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan to alert him of his decision and had the leader's consent to do so, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
Maehera had been in office for six months. He was appointed in September after the prime minister reshuffled his Cabinet to consolidate his power base after a landslide win to lead his party.
Maehara formerly was the minister for land, infrastructure, transport and tourism.
wow! John Galt was on topic, and the reference of $600. Other than that....hershey bars....indeed! People,please don't drink when you post.
The need to adopt a self assertive policy such as mending fences with North Korea and disregard U.S. imposed sanctions.
Yours is about the only sensible post on this page,Cesar. Thank you. I'm so sick and tired of all these frivolous and stupid comments here. Judging by their stupidity,you'd these people were Tea Partiers themselves!
Sorry folks, I didn't post the above. Some jerk is trying to be funny. Hey Sillie boy, stop such Tea Party lingo. You know better, cut it out! @Mary, hi. I've seen both fake Marys and fake Cesars today. Good nt, sleepy.
Don't pay any attention to this clown,Cesar. He's only try to be funny. He blogs under my name too,trying to make me look stupid.
hey fuk u ruffnutt i'm a tea bagger from hell these b***h ass people are'nt teapartyers cause the real ones dont act this way ...... Oh P.s. Eat s**t its good for you .......
What do you mean? I know that you're a Tea Partier because your profanity itself is a dead givaway! As the adage goes "if it walks like a duck,looks like a duck and quacks like a duck,it's therefore a duck!"
Good grief,here goes another Tea Partier such as you. You guys seem to be all over.
@ ruff-nutt Yeah we've been all over your sisters, aunts , and mother and now they are tea baggin for the cause ; no more spending , no more big gov. , no obama, no higher taxes, no nazi germany health care crap , tea bags for every one !!! Its the the american tea party ...... Patriots ONLY / no freaky "yes we can and change you can believe in garbadge" you left nutt liberal "OFF WITH THEIR HEADS"
Do me Cyber Bullys. Do me please, I like to be verbally abu/sed.