Ex-farm minister Yoshikawa to be charged over money scandal

Japanese prosecutors are planning to indict without arrest former farm minister Takamori Yoshikawa over allegations that he received a total of 5 million yen ($48,000) from an egg production company while in office, sources close to the matter said Tuesday. Yoshikawa, who resigned as a lawmaker in December citing chronic heart problems, has admitted to receiving cash, but explained during voluntary questioning that he had taken it as an “inaugural celebration,” according to the sources. But the prosecutors seem to have judged that the money was a bribe to win favor, the sources said. The plann…

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