Former cabinet minister denies reports of misconduct


Japan Correspondent

TOKYO — A former member of the Japanese cabinet with responsibility for Okinawa affairs has played down claims that his office accepted 10 million yen ($89,753) from a quarrying company bidding for contracts connected to the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps to a new facility in the prefecture.

Yosuke Tsuruho was appointed state minister in charge of Okinawa in August 2016 but was replaced earlier this year after questions were asked about how a non-profit organization was able to obtain government subsidies after one of its officials purchased tickets for . . .

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