Japanese Mayor Vows to Quit after Verbal Abuse

Politics Society

Akashi, Hyogo Pref., Feb. 1 (Jiji Press)--Akashi Mayor Fusaho Izumi on Friday expressed his intention to resign to take responsibility for verbally abusing a city worker.

Izumi, 55, tendered his resignation to the speaker of the city assembly of Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan.

"It is obvious that I lack the qualities of a leader," Izumi told a press conference at the city office.

Izumi did not discuss whether he will run in a mayoral election to return to office, saying that he was not yet at the stage of considering such a thing.

In June 2017, Izumi scolded a senior city official for a delay in negotiations to acquire land for a road project. He then verbally abused the official, demanding that the city employee set fire to the building then on the land.

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