Japan environment minister latest to deny illegal funding

February 27, 2015 3:35 AM

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Japan environment minister latest to deny illegal funding

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's environment minister denied wrongdoing on Friday after a newspaper said his office appeared to have received improper funds, the latest embarrassment for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, three of whose ministers have quit over funding and election scandals since he took office in late 2012.

The Asahi newspaper said a branch of Abe's Liberal Democratic Party in Shizuoka prefecture, headed by Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki, collected 1.4 million yen ($11,740) from a logistics company which had received government funds.

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