Japanese Vice Education Min. Resigns over Corruption Scandals

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 21 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Friday approved the resignation of vice education minister Kazuo Todani following a series of corruption scandals involving senior ministry officials.

At a cabinet meeting, the government also accepted the resignation of Michiyasu Takahashi, director-general of the education ministry's Elementary and Secondary Education Bureau.

Todani, 61, and Takahashi, 57, relinquished their posts the same day.

Todani's predecessor, Kihei Maekawa, resigned in January last year to take responsibility for the ministry's systematic practice of helping senior officials to land lucrative jobs after retirement.

Earlier this year, the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office arrested and indicted two other senior ministry officials over the scandals. One was involved in a case linked to Tokyo Medical University and the other to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA.

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