Tokyo governor to resign, another setback in Olympic preps

TOKYO: The governor of Tokyo submitted his resignation Wednesday, ending a weeks-long bid to stay in power and adding yet another setback to the city's preparations for the 2020 Olympics.

Yoichi Masuzoe had come under intense questioning in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly for allegedly using political funds for personal purposes.

Japanese media reported that the resignation would take effect June 21.

Masuzoe had been scheduled to attend the Rio Olympics opening ceremony in August, and would have accepted the Olympic flag during a handover at the closing ceremony.

Tokyo's preparations for the 2020 Games have been plagued by a series of scandals involving the new national stadium, the official logo and allegations of bribery in the bidding process.