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Japans trade minister resigns amid election law violatn scan

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  Japans trade minister resigns amid election law violation scandal

TOKYO, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Japans trade minister Isshu Sugawara on Friday said he had handed in his resignation amid allegations that he violated the election law by giving a supporter in his Tokyo constituency a cash handout.

  

Isshu Sugawara, who was only appointed to his Cabinet position last month, according to allegations made by the Shukan Bunshun weekly magazine, offered 20,000 yen (184 U.S. dollars) to a bereaved family in mid-October.

  

Japans public offices election law prohibits politicians from *** donations to voters in their home constituencies, and, as such, opposition party members have been vehemently calling for Sugawara to step down.

  

The scandal comes at a particularly bad time for Prime Minster Shinzo Abe who handed Sugawara the trade ministers portfolio just last month in a Cabinet reshuffle aimed at bolstering public support.

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