Attempts by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to rally support following his heavily criticized handling of the COVID-19 pandemic were put in jeopardy Monday by the resignation of a Cabinet official formerly at the communications ministry and now under fire for having violated ethics policy by dining with Suga’s son.

The meal presented a conflict of interest because Seigo Suga worked at broadcast satellite company Tohokushinsha Film Corp., and was therefore seen as a stakeholder in license authorization by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

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