2020 Olympics; Tokyo Governor Resigns over misusing of public funds

2020 Olympics, Yoichi Masuzoe

Tokyo Governor, Yoichi Masuzoe has resigned after being accused of misusing public funds in a fresh blow to the city’s preparations for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

His resignation followed weeks of struggle to retain his post which have overshadowed all other matters in the Japanese capital.

Masuzoe was alleged to have spent JPY ¥213 million (£1.4 million/$2 million/€1.8 million) on eight trips during his first two-years in office, with claims he had used funds to holiday lavishly with his family.

At one point, it appeared likely he would desolve the Tokyo Assembly rather than step-down, but he has now belatedly decided to relinquish his post amid surging public and political opposition.

His resignation is expected to take effect on Monday (June 21).

The 67-year-old, a former Health Minister, was elected to his post in February 2014 after hailing Tokyo 2020 as a key priority.

 

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