Akagi to be new Japanese agriculture minister
Norihiko Akagi will be Japans new agriculture minister, prime minister Shinzo Abe announced.
Akagi, formerly a deputy defense agency chief and agriculture ministry bureaucrat, will replace Toshikatsu Matsuoka, who recently hung himself.
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 questioning.