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Japanese Finance Minister Resigns Amidst Tax Evasion Allegations

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Japanese Finance Minister Resigns Amidst Tax Evasion Allegations

In a surprising turn of events, Japan's senior vice Finance Minister, Kenji Kanda, has stepped down following allegations of tax evasion. This unexpected turn of events has delivered a fresh blow to the administration of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, which is already grappling with the departure of two other Cabinet members since the recent cabinet reshuffle in September.

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Resignation Amidst Tax Evasion Claims

The resignation came in the wake of a magazine report alleging that Kanda's company had defaulted on its tax payments. The Finance Minister didn't deny these claims. Instead, he confirmed that the authorities had seized his company's land and property due to non-payment of fixed asset taxes.

Opposition Calls for Accountability

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The opposition parties didn't let this opportunity slip by. They criticized Kanda for his financial improprieties, and there were widespread calls for his resignation. In the end, Kanda had to bow to mounting pressure and vacate his ministerial post.

Another Setback for Kishida's Administration

This incident marks the third time an official has resigned from a ministerial position since Prime Minister Kishida reshuffled his cabinet in September. The successive resignations have raised questions about Kishida's choice of cabinet members and his ability to steer the government.

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