Tokyo gov. behind Olympic bid announces resignation over money scandal
Kyodo -- Dec 19
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.

医療法人「徳洲会」グループから5,000万円を受け取った問題で、猪瀬都知事は、1­9日に辞意表明する意向を固めました。

Sources: Kyodo, FNNnewsCH
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