Japan's economy minister resigns over money scandal, denies bribery

January 28, 2016 10:35 AM

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TOKYO Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari resigned abruptly on Thursday to take responsibility for a political funding scandal that has rocked the government, but denied having taken bribes.

The resignation of Amari, who has spear-headed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policies, could pose a setback to the administration's "Abenomics" growth plan aimed at driving Japan out of deflation, analysts said.

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