As public loses confidence in PM Suga, new scandal involving his son claims biggest scalp

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has tried his best to shield Ms Yamada from repercussions.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has tried his best to shield Ms Yamada from repercussions.PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO - A "wine-and-dine" scandal swirling around Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, whose eldest son went on a charm offensive to woo senior bureaucrats, claimed its biggest scalp on Monday (March 1) - Mr Suga's public relations secretary.

Ms Makiko Yamada, who has been in the public eye as the moderator of Mr Suga's televised news conferences, quit after being hospitalised on Sunday night for two weeks for an undisclosed ailment.

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