Four Japanese cabinet ministers visited the Yasukuni Shrine on Saturday to mark the 75th anniversary of the country’s surrender in World War II. The shrine, which honors Class A war criminals, is seen as a symbol of Tokyo’s past militarism by its neighbors.
Former Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai, who was arrested on suspicion of violating the Public Offices Election Law, has admitted to giving out cash to local lawmakers and supporters. However, he said he did not intend to buy votes for his wife’s Upper House election campaign last July.
The head of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutor’s Office, who was seen as close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, submitted his resignation on Thursday following a report that he played mahjong for money with two journalists during the nationwide state of emergency.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday denied allegations that his office covered part of the costs for a dinner party held on the eve of a state-funded cherry blossom-viewing event, a practice that would constitute a breach of the public offices election law.