Spokeswoman for Japan PM Suga resigns over expensive dinners with his son

File photo of Makiko Yamada with Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's predecessor, Shinzo Abe, smile as Abe appoints her as secretary to the prime minister in Tokyo in November, 2013.- Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters): Makiko Yamada, a key spokeswoman for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, will resign after she and other senior bureaucrats were reprimanded for attending expensive dinners hosted by Suga's son, the government said.

Yamada will tender her resignation on Monday (March 1), the Japanese government's spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters.

Suga's administration, including Cabinet Public Relations Secretary Yamada, 60, has faced public anger after weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun last month reported that Suga's oldest son, Seigo Suga, an executive at a film company, had paid for expensive dinners for senior bureaucrats.

Japan's National Civil Service Ethics Law prohibits government employees from receiving gifts or entertainment from companies or individuals that could be seen to curry favour.

Some local media reports also said that Yamada had been admitted to hospital, meaning she will miss a Monday parliamentary committee meeting where opposition politicians were expected to question her about a dinner with Seigo Suga in 2019, when she was an official at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Japan , Suga , prime minister , son , Makiko Yamada , dinners , resign


Next In Aseanplus News

Asean News Headlines as at 8pm on Monday (April 19)
Indonesia extends restriction amid Covid-19 pandemic as country's Covid-19 total balloons over 1.609 million
Thailand's Covid-19 infections ease after days of record highs
Singapore: Cops seize over 40kg of drugs - record amounts of cannabis and heroin; 20 new Covid-19 cases; one local on Monday (April 19)
WHO wants richer countries to help out Philippines with vaccines as its Covid-19 total nears 950,000
Thailand: Experts explore ways to protect 'James Bond islet' from erosion
Vietnam's carmaker VinFast says considering fundraising opportunities
BYD launches new open-source EV product platform
Super Typhoon kills one in Philippines, tens of thousands flee; Covid-19 issue sprouts free food pantries in country
Ensuring safety of international trade arteries requires collective effort, says Singapore minister

Stories You'll Enjoy