May 21, 2020 / 12:02 AM / 12 days ago

Top Tokyo prosecutor set to resign, public broadcaster NHK says, citing source

TOKYO, May 21 (Reuters) - The top Tokyo prosecutor is set to resign, public broadcaster NHK said on Thursday, in what is likely to be seen as a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Hiromu Kurokawa, the chief of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office, is due to resign, NHK said, citing a source.

Kurokawa has been the focus of social media backlash after a report that he allegedly played mahjong for money during Japan’s state of emergency, potentially flaunting social distancing.

Reuters was not immediately able to reach anyone at the prosecutors office for comment. (Reporting by David Dolan; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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