Mihara Mayor to Resign over Kawais' Campaign Scandal

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Mihara, Hiroshima Pref., June 25 (Jiji Press)--Yoshinori Tenma, mayor of Mihara in Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, said Thursday that he will resign on Tuesday for his receipt of 1.5 million yen in cash from arrested former Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai over an election campaign for Kawai's wife, Anri.

The mayor announced the decision at a press conference held at the Mihara city government office.

Tenma on Wednesday night called Noriyuki Ninooka, head of the Mihara city assembly, to convey his intention to leave office. The resignation offer was accepted. Tenma is the second municipal government head to quit for receiving cash over the election campaign scandal, after Shinji Kosaka, who resigned as mayor of the Hiroshima town of Akiota in April.

The Kawais were arrested last week on suspicion of violating the public offices election law by the distribution of cash to scores of local politicians in Hiroshima Prefecture for vote-buying for Anri in the July 2019 election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament. Anri ran in the election from the Hiroshima prefectural constituency, winning a parliamentary seat for the first time.

The Kawais resigned from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party a day before their arrests, but both remain as lawmakers. Kawai is a member of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber.

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