Tokyo Gov. Inose to give up 1 year of salary following scandal

Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose, who has admitted to accepting money from scandal-hit hospital organization Tokushukai ahead of his election last December, said Monday he will give up his salary for the next year in "penance."

Inose made the pledge during a general committee session of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly set up to address the scandal after the assembly's largest factions said questioning in regular sessions was insufficient to bring him to account for his actions.

The 67-year-old governor also apologized to assembly members and Tokyo residents for his actions, adding he feels responsible for making sure preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics do not get bogged down.

Inose on Nov. 29 apologized to the regular assembly for accepting 50 million yen from Tokushukai. The hospital chain has been linked to alleged vote-buying on behalf of House of Representatives member Takeshi Tokuda in the December 2012 lower house election.