Senior Japan Labor Official Quits over Scandal

Politics Society

Tokyo, Aug. 28 (Jiji Press)--Hiroshi Ueno of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has resigned as parliamentary vice minister of health, labor and welfare over a cash-for-influence scandal.

The cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday accepted Ueno's resignation after the latter informed people related to him of his intent to step down from the post.

The LDP is eager to minimize damage from the scandal, especially at a time when Abe is entering the homestretch of his long administration following the LDP-led coalition's victory in the July election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament.

Abe is expected to reshuffle his cabinet and the LDP leadership team in mid-September. His third-straight and final three-year term as LDP president is set to end in September 2021.

Meanwhile, opposition parties are expected to grill the Abe administration over Ueno's scandal in Diet deliberations.

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