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Minister's sudden resignation deals blow to Abe

Amari - economy minister and instrumental in Japan's entry to TPP - quits to "take responsibility" in bribery case

A weekly magazine alleged that Mr Amari and two of his secretaries received a total of 12m yen in cash from an unidentified construction company in Chiba Prefecture.


JAPAN'S minister in charge of economic revival, Akira Amari, stepped down suddenly on Thursday to "take responsibility" for an uproar over claims that he and his office staff accepted contributions from a construction firm in return for political favours, although he continued to