06 Mar '11, 10am

Japan's Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara has decided to resign after criticism for accepting political donations.

Japan's Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara has decided to resign after criticism for accepting political donations.

Mr Maehara had admitted on Friday accepting donations from a Korean resident of Japan, but said he had done so unknowingly. -- PHOTO: REUTERS TOKYO - FOREIGN Minister Seiji Maehara, often cited as a possible new leader if Japan's unpopular prime minister steps down, has decided to resign after criticism for accepting political donations from a foreign national, Kyodo news agency and other media reported on Sunday. Mr Maehara's resignation would be a blow to Prime Minister Naoto Kan and his ruling Democratic Party (DPJ) as Mr Kan fights to keep his job and avoid calling a snap election while trying to enact budget bills in a divided parliament and keeping his own party from unravelling. Mr Maehara had admitted on Friday accepting donations from a Korean resident of Japan, but said he had done so unknowingly. Taking political donations from foreign nationals is illegal if do...

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