Seiji Maehara, Japan Foreign Minister resigns over political donation controversy

By on Mar 6, 2011 in Asia, International, Politics, World Comments

Japan’s Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara was reported to have resigned from his post on Sunday over a political donation controversy, and being criticized by the opposition.

Japan Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara
Image Credit: Getty Images

According to Kyodo News, a Japanese news site written in English, the Japanese foreign minister announced his resignation in a brief news conference.

Maehara, 48, barely six months on his post, was accused by the opposition for allegedly accepting a political donation worth 200,000 yen ($2,429) from a foreign national has been who has been residing in Japan for years, Wall Street Journal reports.

Apparently, the donor was a 72-year old South Korean woman who can speak Japanese language fluently and a family friend of the controversial public official for a long time.

“I provided him with the support and didn’t know it violated the law. I was not asked to do it and didn’t intend to take advantage.” The woman was quoted as saying in news reports.

Maehara-san made the announcement in a state TV after he met with Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who accepted his resignation, as the former apologized for causing public mistrust.

On the other hand, BBC News reported that the Japanese official admitted he received a 50,000 yen ($610), who apparently a supposed potential successor of the prime minister.

Spread The News!

Tags: , , ,


Related News

What's On Your Mind?