Akira Amari, Japan’s Economy Minister, Resigns Amid Scandal

January 28, 2016 10:01 AM

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Akira Amari, Japan’s Economy Minister, Resigns Amid Scandal

TOKYO — Japan’s economy minister resigned on Thursday after reports by a magazine that he had accepted money from the head of a construction company in exchange for political favors.

The announcement after markets closed in Japan came as a surprise — the minister, Akira Amari, had signaled hours earlier that he would stay in office — and was an embarrassing setback for the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Japan’s economy, the world’s third largest, has been in recession....

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