BBC/ Japanese trade and industry minister quits

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SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) – Japan’s trade and industry minister has submitted her resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over claims she abused political funds.

Yuko Obuchi is alleged to have used funds from her political support groups and other donations on make-up and other items unconnected to politics.

She handed Mr Abe a letter of resignation during a 30-minute meeting.

Correspondents say it is a blow to Mr Abe who is facing tough decisions on unpopular economic policies.

Ms Obuchi was once seen as potentially Japan’s first female premier.

She was one of five women appointed by Mr Abe in his last cabinet reshuffle.

NHK TV said on Monday that Ms Obuchi would reveal the results of an investigation into her alleged abuse of funds after meeting Mr Abe to offer her resignation.

Mr Abe’s first term as prime minister in 2006-2007 saw a string of scandals amongst his ministers, eventually leading to his own resignation for health reasons after just one year in office.

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