Asia Politics

Japan's justice minister Kawai resigns — the second minister to quit in a week

Key Points
  • Japanese Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai resigned on Thursday following media reports of election irregularities by his wife, who is a ruling party lawmaker.
  • He is the second cabinet minister to step down in less than a week.
Katsuyuki Kawai gestures while speaking during a news conference at the Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Sept. 11, 2019.
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Japanese Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai resigned on Thursday following media reports of election irregularities by his wife, who is a ruling party lawmaker, becoming the second cabinet minister to step down in less than a week.

Kawai told reporters he had offered his resignation and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had accepted it. Kawai said he was stepping down to avoid harm to public trust in the justice system and would be looking into allegations against his wife's campaign.