Japan reconstruction minister quits amid election law violation allegations


Japanese reconstruction minister Kenya Akiba tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday, marking the fourth minister to be let go since Kishida created his cabinet in August, Report informs via Reuters.

Akiba will be replaced by former reconstruction minister Hiromichi Watanabe, Kyodo News said on Tuesday.

Opposition parties have accused Akiba of being involved in violating election laws as well as for having ties with the controversial Unification Church.

Speaking to reporters after submitting his resignation, Akiba denied the allegations and said he believed he had done nothing illegal, but added he must step down to avoid jeopardising parliamentary debate.


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