Japan PM Abe loses two female ministers over cash scandals

October 20, 2014 6:57 AM

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Japan PM Abe loses two female ministers over cash scandals

TOKYO: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suffered a double setback on Monday with the resignations of two female cabinet ministers over claims they misused political funds, dealing a blow to his proclaimed gender reform drive.

Industry minister Yuko Obuchi and Midori Matsushima, justice minister, fell on their swords after days of allegations that they had misspent money in what opponents insisted was an attempt to buy votes.

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