Wakayama Governor Kimura faces arrestI wonder if Kimura is not feeling at least a little spark of pride at being the first in something.
The Asahi Shimbun
11/16/2006--OSAKA--Prosecutors on Wednesday obtained an arrest warrant for Wakayama Governor Yoshiki Kimura, who faces the dubious distinction of becoming Japan's first incumbent governor arrested for suspected involvement in bid-rigging.
Kimura, 54, on Nov. 2 expressed his intention to resign to take responsibility for confusion in the Wakayama prefectural government related to the suspected collusion. He is expected to step down Dec. 2.
Honestly, it really requires a special level of ineptitude to get yourself arrested for dangō offenses committed in 2004. I mean, it has been less than a year since the four major construction companies took the plunge and swore they would give up illegal bid-rigging.