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Japanese minister resigns over past ties to organized crime

TOKYO — Japan’s justice minister resigned Tuesday after an uproar over his past ties to members of organized crime, putting further pressure on Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to call national elections.

Keishu Tanaka, who was appointed just three weeks ago in a Cabinet reshuffle, resigned for health reasons, the government’s top spokesman, Osamu Fujimura, said at a news conference Tuesday. But Tanaka’s resignation came after days of haranguing from opposition lawmakers over a report said he had been associated with a Japanese organized crime syndicate.

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