The Asahi Shimbun Co. handed a one-month suspension to a manager on Friday for playing mahjong for money with Tokyo’s top prosecutor during the coronavirus emergency.
The employee disciplined was a 50-year-old man in the major newspaper publisher’s corporate planning department.
The man told the publisher of daily Asahi Shimbun that the mahjong sessions with the head of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutor’s Office, Hiromu Kurokawa, took place four times in at the home of a Sankei Shimbun reporter April and May.
Kurokawa resigned after the scandal broke.
The Asahi Shimbun also issued a reprimand to Shigeru Fukushima, the executive officer and head of the department, for his management responsibility.
“We deeply apologize for damaging trust,” Shiro Nakamura, an executive officer and general manager, said. “We take the issue as a serious problem questioning journalism ethics, and we’ll make a report after a review of reporters’ ties with news sources.”