Ihei Ochi, chief of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry, on Sept. 25 resigned from his post, citing poor health.

Ochi, 76, who took the position Sept. 11, was taken from his home to a Tokyo hospital Sept. 16 after complaining of illness. He has remained at the hospital at Jikei University School of Medicine to undergo a comprehensive checkup.

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