TOKYO (AP) — The general public relations chief for Japan’s prime minister has resigned after she acknowledged she had a 70,000 yen ($700) dinner paid for by a broadcaster.
Makiko Yamada had been grilled not too long ago by opposition lawmakers in Parliament concerning the 2019 dinner and had been scheduled to reply extra questions Monday. She had beforehand stated she didn’t keep in mind or was not totally conscious of the circumstances.
Yamada’s job included the duty of choosing reporters to ask questions at Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s information conferences.
The broadcaster in query, Tohokushinsha Movie Corp., employs Suga’s son. That has raised suspicions of cronyism in a nation the place plum jobs are sometimes onerous to come back by with out connections.
Accepting lavish wining and eating is a violation of rules overseeing bureaucrats’ ethics. There have been a number of such dinners the ministry officers had allegedly accepted, together with cab fares.
Different ministry bureaucrats reportedly on the dinner have been penalized. The president of Tohokushinsha resigned final month.
Authorities spokesman Katsunobu Kato instructed Parliament on Monday that Yamada resigned. She was hospitalized for 2 weeks for an sickness and may’t keep on her duties, and Suga accepted the resignation, Kato stated. Particulars of her illness weren’t given.