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Tokyo governor to resign over loans scandal: media

Published on Dec 19, 2013 1:34 AM
Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose shows US$500,000 IOU, which he received before running in last year's gubernatorial election from a hospital organization, during a press conference at the Tokyo metropolitan government office in November. Under the Japanese election law, campaign treasurers must report all income, such as donations, related to electioneering.-- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Embattled Tokyo governor Naoki Inose is set to announce his resignation over a loans scandal linked to his election campaign, Japanese media said Wednesday.

Mr Inose, who is credited for bringing the 2020 Olympics to the capital, will announce at a press conference Thursday that he is quitting his post, Kyodo news agency reported citing members of Tokyo's metropolitan assembly.

In November Inose admitted he received 50 million yen (S$610,000) from the political family behind the medical group Tokushuka before running in last year's gubernatorial election.

He failed to declare the sum in campaign accounts, but denied the money formed a slush fund. The governor's expected resignation after only a year in the role comes amid mounting pressure for him to step down from the metropolitan assembly and Japan's central government, Kyodo said.

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