Japanese minister commits suicide

The Japanese agriculture minister's heart stopped and doctors were attempting to revive him after he attempted suicide amid a financial scandal, news reports said Monday.

A Japanese cabinet minister involved in a financial scandal has committed suicide, news reports said Monday.

Doctors were unable to revive Agriculture Minister Toshikatsu Matsuoka, 62, after he was found hanging inside a parliamentary housing building in Tokyo, media reports said.

Matsuoka has faced criticism over a scandal involving huge, unexplained expenses for a rent-free office.