• Kyodo News


A Cabinet member who resigned Wednesday admitted Thursday to using a free train pass for Diet members to travel to a hot spring resort to see his mistress and offered to repay the fare, Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura said.

Yoshitada Konoike resigned the post of deputy chief Cabinet secretary Wednesday, citing “health problems,” after a weekly magazine was released the same day with an article and photos revealing his extramarital affair and reporting that he used the free pass for the trip to Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture.

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