Japan's foreign minister resigns amid scandal
Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara announces his resignation Sunday in Tokyo.
March 6th, 2011
09:28 AM ET

Japan's foreign minister resigns amid scandal

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.

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  1. stewey

    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.

    March 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    The need to adopt a self assertive policy such as mending fences with North Korea and disregard U.S. imposed sanctions.

    March 6, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |

      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!

      March 7, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

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    March 7, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |

      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.

      March 7, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. I'll tea-bag your mama Bi**h

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      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!"

      March 7, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |

    Good grief,here goes another Tea Partier such as you. You guys seem to be all over.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cyber Bullys I.N.C.

    @ 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"

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  7. Cesar

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    March 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
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