Justice Min. Kawai Offers to Resign after Magazine Report


Tokyo, Oct. 31 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday morning after a magazine report about his wife's suspected election law violation.

Kawai is the second minister to resign since Abe carried out a cabinet shakeup Sept. 11. Last week, Isshu Sugawara resigned as industry minister over a money scandal.

The Shukan Bunshun weekly magazine has reported that the office of Kawai's wife, Anri, a House of Councillors lawmaker, paid election campaign staff more daily allowances than allowed under law during her campaign in the Upper House election in July.

The report also said Kawai was deeply involved in his wife's election campaign.


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