TOKYO (AP) - Japan's economy minister, Akira Amari, says he intends to resign due to allegations he accepted bribes from a construction company.

TOKYO (AP) Japan's economy minister, Akira Amari, says he intends to resign due to allegations he accepted bribes from a construction company.

Amari made the announcement in a televised news conference on Thursday.

Amari has denied any wrongdoing. But he apologized for the scandal that surfaced after the magazine Weekly Bunshun reported he and his aides accepted at least 12 million yen ($103,000) in cash and hospitality from an unnamed construction company.

As economy and fiscal minister, Amari is one of the most trusted members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet and served as Japan's top negotiator for the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.