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Embattled farm minister became a liability

Abe discusses yet another resignation.

TOKYO -- In a matter of three days, the prime minister's office went from trying to defend Koya Nishikawa against suspicions of campaign finance violations to realizing there may be more to come.

     Nishikawa resigned abruptly Monday as farm minister. Team Abe hopes letting Nishikawa's scandals fade into the background will minimize any impact on the government's farm policy agenda, which includes reforming agricultural cooperatives and negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

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