Akagi to be new Japanese agriculture minister
Norihiko Akagi, 48, will be Japans's new agriculture minister, prime minister
Shinzo Abe announced on Friday.
Akagi, formerly a deputy defense agency chief and agriculture ministry
bureaucrat, will replace Toshikatsu Matsuoka, who hanged himself in the
beginning of this week.
A graduate of the University of Tokyo's Law
Faculty, Akagi belongs to the governing Liberal Democratic Party's faction led
by former foreign minister Masahiko Komura.
Akagi is a grandson of Munenori Akagi, who has served as agriculture and
forestry minister six times since 1957.
His predecessor Matsuoka had been accused of receiving illicit
political donations from contractors with a government-affiliated organisation.
Matsuoka killed himself only hours before he was to face further
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