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October 16, 2021
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Japan FM resigns

Japan’s Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara has resigned after being criticised for accepting a political donation from a foreign national, according to BBC News. 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. Maehara had been seen as a potential successor to Kan. On Friday, he admitted taking a 50,000 yen (USD 610) political donation from a South Korean national resident in Japan.

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