Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose, who was instrumental in the city's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics, announced his resignation Thursday over a money scandal that sparked public distrust in his leadership.
Only three months since Tokyo won the Olympic bid, Inose was forced to step down for receiving 50 million yen in cash ahead of the Tokyo gubernatorial election last December from hospital operator Tokushukai, which is mired in vote-buying allegations involving a Diet member.
While Inose's resignation has apparently tarnished Tokyo's image, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he believes the governor's resignation would not hamper preparations for the Olympic Games.
Inose became vice Tokyo governor in June 2007, asked by Ishihara, then governor of Tokyo. He had worked as a writer before.
On his first day in his new job, industry minister Yoichi Miyazawa said Tuesday he will soon be ready to visit communities near nuclear power plants, apparently pledging to maintain the momentum for reactor restarts. (Japan Times)
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto met with the head of an anti-Korean group on Monday as he considers cracking down on hate speech rallies in the western Japan city, but they ended up having a shouting match in which they more or less just insulted each other. (Kyodo)
Osaka Prefectural Police on Friday arrested two male suspects for allegedly dumping a large quantity of adult video (AV) material inside a park in Nishinari Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
Empress Michiko celebrated her 80th birthday on Monday. In a statement distributed to media by the Imperial Household Agency, the empress said she hoped the world could find peace ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II next year. (Japan Today)
The Nagano prefectural government's disaster response headquarters said Thursday it has decided to end its search this year for missing hikers on Mt. Ontake due to the growing risk of secondary accidents. (The Japan News)