Tokyo Prosecutor Steps Down Over Illegal Mahjong Scandal

Tokyo prosecutor steps down over illegal mahjong scandal. Hiromu Kurokawa, Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office head has tendered his resignation amid mounting pressure over revelations he illegally participated in a mahjong match for money during Japan’s state of emergency.

Kurokawa was found to have visited the home of a reporter from the Sankei Shimbun on 1 May where they and others played and bet on mahjong. An employee of another major Japanese daily newspaper, the Asahi Shimbun, was also in attendance.

The controversy is seen as a major blow for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after the cabinet allowed the 63-year old Kurokawa to continue in the role beyond retirement age.

According to Jiji Press, Abe responded on Friday by stating, “As Prime Minister, I’m of course responsible. I sincerely accept criticism.” 

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