AFP
December 19, 2013

Tokyo’s governor, one of the main faces of the mega-city’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics, resigned on Thursday after admitting he was naive for accepting an undeclared $500,000 from a hospital tycoon.

Naoki Inose, who was elected head of one of the world’s biggest conurbations a year ago, had faced weeks of intense pressure over suspicions that the money amounted to a bribe in an attempt to influence policy.

“I have decided to resign from the post of Tokyo governor,” Inose told a hurriedly arranged press conference.

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