Ishikawa to quit Kyodo News helm

JIJI

Kyodo News President Satoshi Ishikawa has announced his intention to step down to take responsibility for the recent scandal over the alleged inappropriate conduct involving Satoshi Kondo, the former personnel affairs division chief of the major news agency.

Along with Ishikawa, 68, who will leave with one year still left in his term, Senior Executive Director Shuichi Ito, 60, also announced Thursday that he will step down.

Their successors will be selected at a regular general meeting of members of the incorporated association on June 20.

A weekly magazine reported last month that Kondo took a female job-hunting student to a hotel.

On May 20, Kyodo News dismissed Kondo and decided to cut Ishikawa’s salary for failing to fulfill his oversight responsibility. Four other senior officials were punished as well.

Ishikawa said Thursday that he has found it necessary to defuse the unrest and turmoil in the news agency early and revamp its management.