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FOCUS: Opposition Takes Aim at Reconstruction Min. Akiba

FOCUS: Opposition Takes Aim at Reconstruction Min. Akiba

   Tokyo, Nov. 22 (Jiji Press)--Japanese opposition forces are poised to intensify their offensive against Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's cabinet by targeting reconstruction minister Kenya Akiba at the center of a money scandal.
   They aim to deal a final blow to the cabinet by forcing Akiba out of his post, following the resignations of three other cabinet ministers who have fallen like dominoes in the past few weeks.
   Even new internal affairs minister, Takeaki Matsumoto, who took office just on Monday, is already facing allegations of impropriety over political funds.
   Some members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party are calling for a cabinet reshuffle soon after the closure of the current parliamentary session in December to break the vicious spiral.
   "If (Akiba) can't dispel the allegations, it's important to remove him and refresh (the cabinet)," Yuichiro Tamaki, leader of the opposition Democratic Party for the People, told a news conference Tuesday, urging Kishida to resolve the problem quickly.

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