Rising public anger over Tokyo governor’s lavish spending

Tokyo’s embattled governor has apologised in the face of rising public anger over alleged inappropriate spending.

Yoichi Masuzoe has come under intense media grilling over lavish outlays on overseas business trips, online auction purchases and accommodation at high-end hotels and spas.

…The telegenic, French-speaking Masuzoe took office in February 2014. A former health and labour minister and member of parliament, he pledged an administration free of money scandals.

But trouble started in late April when reports emerged that he was using his official car to be driven at the weekends to and from a cottage south of Tokyo.

It was later revealed that official trips taken to London and Paris with 20 metropolitan officials last year cost taxpayers 50 million yen (RM1.8mil), with Masuzoe flying first class and staying in luxury suites.

He also allegedly used political funds to buy items such as children’s pyjamas.

source: The Star

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