Japan trade minister resigns over vote buying scandal

Japanese Trade Minister Isshu Sugawara speaks after a cabinet meeting at parliament in Tokyo Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. A report says Sugawara has offered his resignation on Friday after his office was accused of violating election laws. (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO — Japan’s trade minister resigned Friday a month into his job in a scandal over condolence money, expensive melons and other gifts allegedly offered to election supporters.