Japan's state minister of finance resigns over tax delinquency

TOKYO, Nov 14 (NHK) - Japan's government has approved the resignation of State Minister of Finance Kanda Kenji, who repeatedly failed to pay taxes for his company.

The Cabinet gave the approval on Monday after Kanda handed in his resignation. Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has decided to replace him on the grounds that the issue should not stall Diet deliberations.

Kanda, a Lower House lawmaker and certified tax accountant, admitted in a Diet session last week that his company had repeatedly been in arrears for property taxes.

He said the tax authorities have seized the company's land and buildings four times. He offered an apology.

His admission comes after a weekly magazine reported on the tax delinquency.

Opposition parties have called for his resignation. Some ruling coalition officials have also voiced concern that the issue could affect Diet proceedings.

The government plans to name his successor on Monday. ...continue reading

Nov 14 (ANNnewsCH) - 税金の滞納を繰り返し、国会で追及を受けていた神田財務副大臣が13日に辞任しました。岸田内閣での政務3役の辞任は3人目です。  ...continue reading