06 Mar '11, 10am

Japan's foreign minister decides to resign

Japan's foreign minister decides to resign

TOKYO : Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara has decided to resign after opposition parties piled pressure on him over a donation scandal, reports said on Sunday. In a serious blow to the centre-left government, it emerged that Maehara - widely seen as a potential successor to Prime Minister Naoto Kan - had received a donation from a foreign resident of Japan, in violation of the law. Maehara apologised on Friday for taking at least 50,000 yen (US$610) from the woman, a Korean descendant, whom he said he had known since childhood. Japan, which occupied the Korean peninsula until the end of World War II, is home to nearly one million ethnic Koreans, many of whom are children of former forced labourers and do not hold Japanese nationality, despite having lived their entire lives in the country. Maehara said he had not been aware of the donation until last week and express...

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