Tokyo governor who helped get Olympics resigns

The Tokyo governor who helped the city secure the 2020 Olympics

resigned Thursday after revelations that he received $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

Olympics.

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

investigate.

Inose was elected in December 2012.