Japan jus­tice min­is­ter quits, sec­ond cab­i­net exit in a week

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

TOKYO (AFP) — Japan’s jus­tice min­is­ter on Thurs­day be­came the sec­ond cab­i­net mem­ber to quit in a week, af­ter al­le­ga­tions his wife broke elec­tion law while run­ning for a par­lia­ment seat.

Kat­suyuki Kawai told re­porters he had sub­mit­ted his res­ig­na­tion to Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe early on Thurs­day.

The move came af­ter the Shukan Bun­shun tabloid magazine re­ported al­le­ga­tions that the min­is­ter’s wife Anri Kawai paid staff mem­bers a daily al­lowance that ex­ceeded the amount per­mit­ted by law.

The res­ig­na­tion comes a week af­ter Abe’s trade min­is­ter Isshu Su­gawara quit his post af­ter a magazine re­port al­leged he gave vot­ers pricey gifts in­clud­ing mel­ons and crabs.

Kawai de­nied any wrong­do­ing but said step­ping down was the best de­ci­sion un­der the cir­cum­stances.

“Nei­ther my wife nor I were aware of the is­sue, and I be­lieve I’ve been car­ry­ing out po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties in line with laws,” he said.

“I will in­ves­ti­gate the is­sue and ex­plain, but in the mean­time pub­lic trust in the jus­tice ad­min­is­tra­tion will be lost,” he said.

Abe sep­a­rately of­fered an apol­ogy in re­marks to re­porters for hav­ing ap­pointed Kawai dur­ing a re­cent reshuf­fle that also brought Su­gawara into the gov­ern­ment.

Kat­suyuki Kawai

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