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Japan's new agriculture minister hit by money scandal days after reshuffle

Japan's new agriculture minister hit by money scandal days after reshuffle

Japan's agriculture minister said Saturday a private farming group he leads exaggerated crop damage in order to receive government compensation in the latest political scandal to embarrass Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration.
The admission came just days after Abe reshuffled his Cabinet after a humiliating upper house electoral loss in July because of a spate of scandals within his government.
Agriculture Minister Takehiko Endo admitted the agriculture cooperative in his home state of Yamagata _ which he has headed for 25 years _ collected 1.15 million yen (US$9,930;


Updated : 2021-05-10 13:36 GMT+08:00