The Governor of Niigata, Kiyoshi Kaneko, resigned five days after Shin Kanemaru, Japan's most powerful politician, quit as the vice-president of the ruling party after admitting that he took 500m yen ( pounds 2.1m) in undeclared contributions from a trucking group. With about a dozen senior Liberal Democratic Party figures implicated in the affair, many more officials may be forced to resign.
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TOKYO (Reuter) - Japan's latest corruption scandal claimed a second prominent victim yesterday when a regional governor said he was stepping down following reports that he took undeclared political funds.