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Japan’s Ag Minister Resigns; Former Minister Appointed

Japan’s Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Koya Nishikawa resigned Feb. 23 due to controversy involving a donation to the local office of Nishikawa’s political party by an agricultural company that received financial support from the Japanese government.

Yoshimasa Hayashi, who Nishikawa succeeded as agriculture minister about six months ago, was appointed as his replacement. Prime Minster Shinzo Abe said the change will not affect his administration’s plans for agricultural reforms.