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Monday, March 8, 1999 Published at 10:25 GMT

World: Asia-Pacific

Japan's Justice Minister resigns

The Japanese Justice Minister has resigned after opposition politicans accused him of improper conduct for allowing the Hollywood actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to enter the country without a passport.

The affair started last October when Mr Schwarzenegger -- famous for his role as the robot killer, the Terminator -- arrived in Japan to open a theme park.

He was allowed in without a passport, but had to write a letter of apology which apparently didn't reach the proper authorities.

There were allegations that the Justice Minister, Shozaburo Nakamura, an admirer of Mr Schwarzenegger's work, took the letter home as a souvenir, but he said an assistant had failed to file it properly. Mr Nakamura has caused controversy before by saying Japan should be allowed more military freedom - a view at odds with the country's pacifist constitution.

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