Japan’s Foreign Minister Bows Out
Posted on Mar 6, 2011
With political reverence alien to the U.S., Japan’s foreign minister has resigned after accusations that he accepted political donations from a foreign national. The minister, Seiji Maehara, had been seen as a potential successor to the current prime minister. —JCL
Japan’s Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara has resigned after being criticised for accepting a political donation from a foreign national.
Japanese law bans the practise, if done intentionally, and the opposition had called on him to quit.
The move is seen as a blow to Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who has been struggling to get budget bills through parliament and keep onto his own job.
Mr Maehara had been seen as a potential successor to Mr Kan.
AP / Junji Kurokawa
Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara bows at a news conference announcing his resignation in Tokyo on Sunday.