A high-ranking bureaucrat at the Finance Ministry resigned on Wednesday amid accusations that he made sexually harassing remarks to a female reporter. The allegations dealt a further blow to the scandal-ridden government.
In a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump pledged to raise the abduction issue during a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expected by early June.
The former Finance Ministry bureau chief was summoned on Tuesday as a sworn witness at the Diet. He repeatedly refused to answer questions about a document falsification scandal, citing the possibility of criminal prosecution.
The Finance Ministry has decided to report on Monday that documents related to a discounted sale of state-owned land to an Osaka-based school operator were secretly altered. The National Tax Agency head resigned on Friday to take responsibility for the scandal.”
Yukio Edano, the deputy president of the moribund main opposition Democratic Party, has started preparing to form a new party for its liberal members, who are likely to be excluded from the Party of Hope led by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike.
Japan’s Prime Minister announced on Monday to dissolve the lower house at the beginning of the extraordinary session this week, while Tokyo’s female governor officially formed a national party to give voters an alternative to the ruling coalition in the upcoming general election.