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Japanese prime minister apologizes for his son's contacts with officials
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has apologized for the scandal over the contacts of his eldest son with high-ranking officials. Suga admitted that this seriously undermines public confidence in him.
“I deeply regret and apologize,” the Japanese prime minister said, answering questions from opposition MPs at the budget commission of the lower house of parliament.
As the TASS, previously resigned Japanese government spokesman Makiko Tanaka. She was involved in organizing public appearances for the prime minister, and was previously a high-ranking official at the Ministry of Administrative Affairs and Communications, which issues broadcasting licenses for television and radio companies.
It is known that, being an employee of the ministry, she at least once dined at the expense of the son of Prime Minister Seigo Sugi, an employee of a satellite broadcasting company, in 2019. The prime minister's son paid more than $ 650 for dinner. It is considered a violation of the code of conduct for officials to accept such "gifts".
Earlier, Kyodo reported that at least 11 officials from the Ministry of Administrative Affairs and Communications took part in the dinners paid for by the son of the head of government. Yoshihide Suga has previously publicly apologized for the same issue.