Japan’s Minister of Justice, Katsuyuki Kawai, on Thursday presented his resignation for the alleged irregularities committed by his wife, Anri Kawai, who was elected senator in July, as reported by the local television network NHK.
Kawai, who has delivered the letter to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, would have sent gifts like potatoes and corn to voters in his constituency.
The decision took place after several means of notification indicated that his wife would have offered amounts of money to his campaign team above the legal limit allowed.
Both are suspected of having violated the country’s electoral law in the framework of the elections that took her to the Upper House. The minister has rejected the accusations against him.
This is the second minister who resigns in a week. Isshu Sugawara, who was in charge of the Commerce portfolio, resigned for having violated the same law by giving money and gifts to his followers.