Tokyo governor resigns over money scandal: Media

Tokyo governor Naoki Inose (front, right) arrives at the Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo on Dec 19, 2013. The governor of Tokyo has submitted his resignation after admitting receiving US$500,000 (S$630,000) from a hospital tycoon ahead of h
Tokyo governor Naoki Inose (front, right) arrives at the Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo on Dec 19, 2013. The governor of Tokyo has submitted his resignation after admitting receiving US$500,000 (S$630,000) from a hospital tycoon ahead of his election in what he originally claimed was an interest-free, personal loan. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - The governor of Tokyo has submitted his resignation after admitting receiving US$500,000 (S$630,000) from a hospital tycoon ahead of his election in what he originally claimed was an interest-free, personal loan.

Naoki Inose, who was elected head of one of the world’s biggest cities a year ago, said he had handed his letter of resignation to the head of the assembly.

“I have decided to resign from the post of Tokyo governor,” Inose told a hurriedly arranged press conference.

“I intended to fulfil my duty of explaining to the city assembly, people of Tokyo and people of the nation, but regrettably I could not clear doubts over me. It’s solely because of my lack of virtue.” Inose also said he could not let the scandal impede preparations for the Olympics in 2020.