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Unification Church and politics

Japan minister ousted over Unification Church ties

Economic security head Daishiro Yamagiwa becomes first in government to step down

Daishiro Yamagiwa, Japan's minister of economic security, submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday over his links to the Unification Church. (Photo by Suzu Takahashi) 

TOKYO -- Daishiro Yamagiwa, Japan's minister in charge of economic security, was essentially removed from his post over his ties with the controversial Unification Church on Monday.

Yamagiwa became the first minister of Fumio Kishida's government to step down over the scandal, submitting his resignation directly to the prime minister in a private meeting.

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