Japan's Economy Minister Akira Amari (C) leaves a room after a press conference in Tokyo on January 28, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA
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Japan's economy minister resigned Thursday over a corruption scandal, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he looks to build support for a massive trade deal and changes to the country's constitution.Akira Amari's surprise resignation comes a week after the veteran politician was hit by claims in a weekly magazine that he and his staff had improperly accepted a 12 million yen ($101,000) bribe from a construction firm.Amari did not say how much was received in total.Last week, Amari acknowledged meeting with officials from the company, but said he could not recall the details.
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