Japanese Vice Education Minister to Step Down

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 20 (Jiji Press)--Japanese vice education minister Kazuo Todani plans to step down to take responsibility for a series of corruption scandals involving senior ministry officials, informed sources said Thursday.

The cabinet is expected to approve the resignation of Todani, 61, on Friday.

His predecessor, Kihei Maekawa, stepped down in January last year to take responsibility for the ministry's questionable practice of helping high-ranking officials land lucrative jobs after retirement.

Todani's resignation comes after two senior ministry officials have been arrested and indicated in separate bribery cases. Ruling coalition lawmakers have been calling on the vice education minister to act to take responsibility.

Todani assumed the post of vice education minister in January last year.

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