Ex-farm minister Yoshikawa resigns as lawmaker in wake of scandal

Former farm minister Takamori Yoshikawa said Monday he will step down as a lawmaker in the wake of an alleged receipt of cash totaling 5 million yen ($48,000) from an egg production company in western Japan. The resignation of Yoshikawa, a House of Representatives member from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, would deal a blow to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s government, whose support ratings have been plunging over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The 70-year-old politician said through his office that he has been hospitalized and cited health reasons for his resignation. Yoshik…

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