Tanaka crashes car; no one hurt

A car driven by former Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka collided with another vehicle near her house in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward earlier this week, police said Thursday.

Investigators said no one was hurt in the accident at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, although both cars sustained minor damage.

Tanaka’s car collided with a car driven by a 31-year-old Tokyo restaurant owner as Tanaka tried to leave a parking lot after shopping in the ward’s Nishikata district, police said.

Tanaka, daughter of the late Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, is an independent member of the House of Representatives. She won back her seat in the November 2003 general election.

Tanaka became the nation’s first female foreign minister in April 2001. She was sacked in January 2002 and resigned her Lower House seat three months later.

Tanaka’s resignation came after allegations that she misused the state-paid salaries of her secretaries.