Second Minister Resigns From Japan's Government Amid Scandal Over Election Law Breach Claims

© REUTERS / Toru HanaiA man walks past Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) poster (C) for the July 10 upper house election with the image of Shinzo Abe, Japan's Prime Minister and leader of the LDP, and other candidates' posters at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo, Japan July 10, 2016
A man walks past Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) poster (C) for the July 10 upper house election with the image of Shinzo Abe, Japan's Prime Minister and leader of the LDP, and other candidates' posters at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo, Japan July 10, 2016 - Sputnik International
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TOKYO (Sputnik) - Japan's Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai said on Thursday he had submitted a letter of resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the wake of a scandal over alleged election law violations by his wife, becoming the second minister to step down from Abe’s cabinet in a week.
"The public’s trust in the law should not be undermined. I have just submitted a letter of resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe", Kawai told reporters, as quoted by the NHK TV channel.

Meanwhile, Abe publicly apologized for the situation involving Kawai.

"I am the person who made this appointment and I feel my responsibility. I am offering my apologies to the Japanese people", Abe pointed out.

The decision followed media reports alleging that the minister’s wife, Anri Kawai, made payments to her campaign team exceeding a legal limit ahead of this year’s upper house elections, in which she ran representing Abe's Liberal Democratic party.

Last week, Isshu Sugawara, Japan’s minister of economy, trade, and industry, resigned in the wake of claims that he had broken electoral laws by offering gifts to voters in his constituency.

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