The resignation of Tokyo’s top prosecutor would be a blow to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who is under pressure over his handling of the coronavirus [File: Akio Kon/Pool via AP Photo]

Tokyo’s top prosecutor looks set to resign after a magazine report that he had played the game mahjong and gambled illegally during Japan’s state of emergency in a blow to embattled Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The likely resignation of Hiromu Kurokawa, the chief of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office, was reported by broadcaster NHK and other Japanese media reported. 

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Kurokawa was hit with a social media backlash after a report in a magazine that he played mahjong – a popular tactical game in Asia – for money in possible

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