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June 23, 2021

Japan names new foreign minister

Japan on Wednesday named a new foreign minister, three days after a political scandal toppled his predecessor. Vice Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto will succeed Seiji Maehara, officials said. “I’m apologizing to the people of Japan for this political uneasiness,” Maehara said at the Sunday news conference at which his resignation was announced, CNN informs. The foreign minister had been under scrutiny for a political contribution he received from a South Korean living in Japan. Under Japanese law, politicians cannot accept any money from foreigners. The money given to Maehara, 250,000 yen ($3,000) over several years, came from a lifelong friend.

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