Lower House lawmaker submits resignation

A member of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has submitted his letter of resignation to the Lower House amid allegations that he violated an election law.

Sugawara Isshu, who is former economy minister, also submitted a letter of resignation to his party on Tuesday.

He was accused of violating the public office election law in 2019, after his secretary gave gifts and condolence money to voters in his constituency. But in June last year, prosecutors decided to suspend his indictment.

In February this year, a prosecution inquest committee in Tokyo decided that Sugawara should be indicted, and Tokyo prosecutors reopened investigations.

The prosecutors are now reinvestigating on the grounds that Sugawara may have made illegal donations when he attended local community events.