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Japanese parliamentary vice president resigns over political funds scandal

Japanese parliamentary vice president resigns over political funds scandal

The vice president of Japan's upper house of parliament offered to step down over a political funds scandal on Friday, as allegations of misusing funds spread from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc to the opposition party.
Upper House Vice President Giichi Tsunoda, also a senior lawmaker of the largest opposition Democratic Party of Japan, said he was resigning to prevent a further erosion of public trust.
"If I stayed on as vice president of the house, it could only amplify the public distrust in politics," said Tsunoda, 69.
But he denied the allegation that he failed to declare 25 million yen (US$205,760;


Updated : 2021-05-18 14:16 GMT+08:00