Ex-Justice Min. Kawai, Wife Arrested for Vote-Buying


Tokyo, June 18 (Jiji Press)--Japanese prosecutors arrested former Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai, 57, and his 46-year-old wife, Anri, on Thursday for allegedly violating the public offices election law through vote-buying.

The allegations involve Anri's campaign in the July 2019 election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament.

The arrests are expected to deal an additional blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration, already suffering from falling public support amid mounting public criticism of the government's response to the coronavirus outbreak and scandals related to scrapped retirement age reform plans for prosecutors.

The day's move also followed the arrest of Tsukasa Akimoto, a member of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, over a corruption scandal linked to an envisioned casino project in December last year.

At a news conference, Abe expressed his deep regrets over the arrests of the couple.

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