Japan's agriculture minister resigns amid questions over political funding, denies wrongdoing

February 23, 2015 8:15 AM

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Japan's agriculture minister resigns amid questions over political funding, denies wrongdoing

Japan's Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Koya Nishikawa, center, speaks to the reporters at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. Minister Nishikawa has resigned following questions over his handling of political funding contributions. Nishikawa said Monday that he wanted to avoid disruptions to parliamentary proceedings and had chosen to leave the government. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT (The Associated Press)

FILE- In this Sept. 3, 2014 file photo, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Koya Nishikawa speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Minister Nishikawa has resigned following questions over his handling of political funding contributions. Nishikaw...

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