Japan MP Quits Over Hostess Bar Visit During Virus Emergency

Komeito member Kiyohiko Toyama, who offered to resign as a lawmaker for visiting a hostess bar during a coronavirus emergency, apologizes in the parliament building in Tokyo on Feb. 1, 2021. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — A senior member of Japan’s ruling coalition offered to quit parliament Monday after angering the public by visiting a Tokyo hostess bar despite government calls to avoid unnecessary outings under a state of emergency to rein in the spread of the coronavirus.

Kiyohiko Toyama, former acting secretary general of Komeito, the junior coalition partner of the Liberal Democratic Party, has admitted to visiting a hostess bar in Tokyo’s posh Ginza district late at night on Jan. 22.

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