Japanese Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari arrives at the prime minister's official residence to attend a cabinet meeting in Tokyo on January 26, 2016. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI
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Japan's Economy Minister Akira Amari is expected to hold a news conference on Thursday to offer an explanation over accusations he had taken bribes, a top government spokesman said, suggesting a decision on whether he will stay on at the post is imminent.Amari said last week he has done nothing illegal and that he was told by Abe to fulfill his duty as minister.Amari played a central role in negotiating the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, and has been the point-person overseeing the growth strategies that make up Abe's "Abenomics" stimulus policies.
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