Japan's new trade minister has been forced to defend himself after it emerged that staff from his support group spent office money at a sex club.
Yoichi Miyazawa admitted staff had claimed expenses after visiting a sadomasochistic bar in Hiroshima, but emphasised he did not visit the bar.
His admission comes at a difficult time for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Two cabinet ministers quit on Monday. Mr Miyazawa replaced Yuko Obuchi, who resigned over a funding scandal.
Members of Miyazawa-kai, described as a political support group that manages the minister's funds, spent 18,230 yen ($170, £106) at the club in September 2010.
The spending was listed as "entertainment expenses" in the group's political fund report for that year.
"It is true such expenses were made," Mr Miyazawa told reporters. "But I myself did not go there at all. That's true as well."
He plans to correct the report as a person in his office had "erroneously booked the money".
The bar stages performances where women dressed only in underwear are tied up with ropes and whipped, reported Japanese media.