Japan justice minister quits after "mob ties" scandal




 
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October 23rd, 2012  
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's justice minister quit on Tuesday because of ill health, a cabinet official said, after calls for his resignation over past ties to an organised crime syndicate, dealing another blow to unpopular Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. Keishu Tanaka, 74, only became justice minister in a cabinet reshuffle on October 1, and his resignation is the second by a minister since Noda took office in September 2011. Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told a news conference that Tanaka stepped down for health reasons. ...




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