Moscow. January 28. The Minister of economy of Japan Akira Amari on Thursday announced his resignation in connection with the corruption scandal, Bloomberg reports.
Last week, Japanese magazine Shukan Bonshun has published a material in which the Minister and his subordinates were accused of obtaining 12 million yen (about $100 million) from an unnamed construction company. According to some reports, the amount could be several tens of million yen.
At a press conference on Thursday Amari stated that the funds had been received as donations for political activities, but they were not officially registered in any way. The Minister apologized for the scandal and said that takes responsibility for everything that happens in his Department.
Amari headed the Ministry of economy in 2012, and was an active supporter and co-author of the new economic policy, dubbed “abenomics” aimed at bringing the country out of the protracted period of stagnation. He also played an important role in the negotiations with the USA about the TRANS-Pacific partnership.