Japan Justice Minister Resigns After Crime Syndicate Allegations

Japan’s justice minister submitted his resignation Tuesday amid allegations of past links to a crime syndicate, providing more political ammunition to opposition party lawmakers who are pressing Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to call a snap election.

Senior ruling party official Jun Azumi told reporters that Keishu Tanaka had handed in his resignation earlier in the day.

“He submitted his resignation to the prime minister, citing health reasons,” Mr. Azumi, the DPJ’s deputy secretary- general said.

Japan’s top government spokesman Osamu Fujimura later confirmed that the prime minister had accepted his resignation, making Mr. Tanaka the first member of the reshuffled cabinet to quit, just three weeks since its launch.

Mr. Tanaka was hospitalized Friday for undisclosed medical reasons after abruptly skipping a parliamentary hearing, cabinet meeting and press interviews last week. Opposition members had been calling for his head for his past association with members of a crime syndicate, as reported by a tabloid weekly magazine.

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