Tokyo prosecutor quits in mahjong scandal

Hiromu Kurakawa, courtesy Kyodo
Hiromu Kurakawa, courtesy Kyodo

Hiromu Kurokawa, the head of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office has resigned after admitting he had ignored social distancing rules to play mahjong for cash with reporters, Kyodo News reports.

Kurokawa, Japan’s second-highest ranking prosecutor, tendered his resignation on Thursday. 

The resignation of Kurokawa, 63, is a fresh setback for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has recently faced a series of public scandals linked to his unpopular push to bulldozer through IR legislation. 

Kurokawa allegedly played mahjong with reporters from the Sankei Shimun and The Asahi Shimbun on May 1 and May 13. Both newspapers ran articles on their front pages on Friday apologising for the scandal.

Abe had declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and several other prefectures on April 7.