Scandal-Tainted Lawmaker Intends to Resign If Case Over Alleged Hidden Fund Built

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Yaichi Tanigawa

Liberal Democratic Party House of Representatives member Yaichi Tanigawa has told party executives that he intends to resign if the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office builds a case against him, it was learned Tuesday.

Tanigawa, who was elected from Nagasaki Constituency No. 3, allegedly received over ¥40 million kickbacks from the Abe faction — to which he belongs — in relation to the sales of the faction’s political fundraising party tickets, but did not report the money.

If Tanigawa resigns by March 15, a by-election will occur on April 28.