Japan Justice Minister Kawai resigns, second minister to quit in a week

FILE PHOTO: Japan's new Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai arrives to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato REUTERS/Issei Kato

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai resigned on Thursday following media reports of election irregularities by his wife, who is a ruling party lawmaker, becoming the second cabinet minister to step down in less than a week.

Kawai told reporters he had offered his resignation and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had accepted it. Kawai said he was stepping down to avoid harm to public trust in the justice system and would be looking into allegations against his wife’s campaign.

Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Shri Navaratnam