TOKYO – Japan’s trade minister has resigned just a month after being appointed to the job.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he had accepted the resignation offer by Isshu Sugawara and apologized for appointing him.

Sugawara’s office has been accused of violating Japan’s election law by overseeing an office that illegally offered condolence money to supporters.

Abe said Sugawara offered to step down because he did not want his scandal to take up too much attention and time in Parliament, where opposition lawmakers were already attacking them for the scandal.

Allegations began surfacing soon after Abe appointed Sugawara last month. More allegation came out in a weekly magazine Thursday۔