Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka said Friday she will return 50 percent of one month’s salary, or 250,000 yen, to the government to take responsibility for the latest scandal involving a former ministry official in a fraud case.

The ministry on Thursday fired Akio Asakawa, 56, who handled logistics work for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Osaka in 1995, after he was indicted for allegedly padding hotel bills and defrauding the government out of public money.

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