Asahi Gives 1-Month Suspension to Reporter in Gambling Scandal

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Tokyo, May 29 (Jiji Press)--Asahi Shimbun Co. handed down the disciplinary action of a one-month suspension from work to an employee on Friday for playing mahjong for money with a former top prosecutor during Japan's coronavirus state of emergency.

The employee disciplined was a 50-year-old male worker in a management position at the corporate planning department.

He explained to the publisher of major daily Asahi Shimbun that he played mahjong for cash at the home of a Sankei Shimbun reporter with former Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office head Hiromu Kurokawa, who has resigned over the gambling scandal, a total of four times in April and May.

Asahi Shimbun issued a reprimand to Shigeru Fukushima, executive officer and the head of the department, for his management responsibility.

"We deeply apologize for damaging trust," Shiro Nakamura, executive officer and general manager, said. "We take the issue as a serious problem questioning journalism ethics, and we'll make a report after a review of reporters' ties with news sources."

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