Japan's trade minister denied reports Saturday that she plans to resign soon over allegations that she violated election laws.
Japanese media reported Saturday that Trade Minister Yuko Obuchi was planning to submit her resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upon his return later in the day from an Asia-Europe summit in Italy. But Obuchi told reporters that she was still investigating the allegations that she failed to report donations and spending by a political support group, AP reported.
'Right now, what I must do is to fully investigate the various questions regarding campaign funds,' Obuchi said. 'We are thoroughly investigating.'
Asked if she had plans to meet with Abe, Obuchi said no.