Japan: Ex-Japan farm minister Yoshikawa indicted for bribery without arrest

Former Japanese farm minister Takamori Yoshikawa was indicted without arrest Friday on a charge of receiving bribes from an egg production company while in office, prosecutors said.

Yoshikawa, 70, received a total of 5 million yen ($48,000) from a former representative of Akita Foods Co. on three occasions between November 2018 and August 2019, when he was agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister, although he was aware of the company head’s intention to seek favors, according to the indictment.

The scandal involving the former minister, who served under Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s predecessor Shinzo Abe, is expected to take a toll on the current Cabinet, which has seen falling approval ratings amid increasing public dissatisfaction with its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The original full article can be found at mainichi.jp


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