Japan PM apologises after spokeswoman resigns

2 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga apologised on Monday following the resignation of a key spokeswoman, who along with other senior bureaucrats were reprimanded for attending expensive dinners hosted by Suga’s son, reports Reuters.

Makiko Yamada, Cabinet Public Relations Secretary, tendered her resignation from hospital after being admitted for ill health, the government said.

Suga’s administration and the 60-year-old spokeswoman had faced public criticism after magazine Shukan Bunshun last month reported that Suga’s eldest son, Seigo Suga, an executive at a company producing television programmes for satellite broadcaster, 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.

“I’m very sorry that a member of my family was involved in behaviour resulting in public servants breaching the ethics law, and I apologise deeply to citizens,” Suga told parliament. “I deeply regret that it has come to a situation, where people’s trust in the administration has been damaged”