Scandal-hit lawmaker to quit LDP

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Scandal-hit lawmaker Toshinao Nakagawa on Friday offered to quit the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, three days after he resigned as parliamentary vice minister of economy, trade and industry over an extramarital affair.

Nakagawa, a member of the House of Representatives made the offer to the party leadership

The LDP initially planned to wait and see how things develop. But it changed course and decided to sort out the mess promptly, as Friday’s meeting of the lower house committee on economy, trade and industry was canceled due to the opposition camp’s frustration at the ruling side’s refusal to give an explanation about the scandal.

LDP Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai told reporters that the party leadership received the resignation offer from Nakagawa. The LDP’s discipline committee will immediately judge how to handle the matter, he added.

But Nikai said Nakagawa “doesn’t need to quit as lawmaker.”

At a meeting of party executives, LDP Vice President Masahiko Komura said that it is important for every member of the party to behave properly and avoid getting involved in a scandal.Speech

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