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.
The government decided on Friday to postpone the introduction of private-sector English tests as part of unified university entrance exams starting in fiscal 2020. The decision came after the education minister made a gaffe over students’ financial standing last month.
Shinjiro Koizumi, a high-profile lawmaker touted as a future prime minister, assumed the post of environment minister in the latest Cabinet reshuffle. He grabbed headlines last month with a surprise announcement of his marriage to a well-known TV personality.