Tokyo governor who helped get Olympics resigns
The Tokyo governor who helped his city secure the 2020 Olympics
resigned Thursday after revelations that he received 50 million yen
($480,200) from a hospital company.
Gov. Naoki Inose had come under growing pressure to step down in
recent days, in particular from Japanese ruling party leaders who
said the continuing scandal could affect preparations for the
”I shouldn’t be delaying government operations or stalling
preparations for the Olympics and Paralympics any longer,” he said
at a news conference broadcast live on Japanese television.
He apologized to the people of Tokyo for the ruckus, and said he
tried to clarify what happened but could not wipe out public
suspicion. ”I decided that the only solution is for me to step
down as governor,” he said.
Inose has said the money he received in November 2012 from the
Tokushukai company was a personal loan that he has paid back, and
that the owner of the hospital chain didn’t receive any favors in
return. The Tokyo assembly has set up a committee to
Inose was elected in December last year. He said he plans to
return to his previous career as a writer.