Japanese Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai in Tokyo September 11. Photo: Reuters.

The Japanese Justice Minister resigns

Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai resigned after allegations that his wife, a Japanese senator, violated the election law.

Kawai told reporters today that he resigned and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe accepted. Kawai said the resignation "aims to avoid damaging public confidence in the justice system," and will look into allegations involving his wife, Anri Kawai, who had just been elected to the Senate last month. 7, accused of violating election laws.

Japanese Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai in Tokyo September 11. Image: Reuters.

Anri is said to have paid her employees daily daily benefits in excess of the allowable amount.

With this decision, Mr. Kawai became the second minister in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet to resign in less than a week. Earlier, Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Isshu Sugawara resigned on October 25 after a month in power over allegations that his office gave gifts and money to Tokyo voters, including melons and crabs. expensive.

Mai Lam (Follow Reuters / Japan Times)

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