Japan trade minister got funds from foreign-owned firm, returned - media - World

October 27, 2014 10:51 AM

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's new trade and industry minister, already under fire over fund-related improprieties, received contributions from a firm in which foreign investors held a majority stake, but was not aware of the possible violation of the political funds law at the time and has returned the money, an aide said on Monday.

It was the latest whiff of scandal for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet. Last week, two ministers including Yoichi Miyazawa's predecessor as head of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry quit over possible political funds misuse.

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