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Tokyo Governor Resigns Over Spending Scandal

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FILE - Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe bites his lips while listening to a reporter's question during a press conference at Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters in Tokyo, June 6, 2016. Masuzoe announced his resignation June 15.

FILE - Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe bites his lips while listening to a reporter's question during a press conference at Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters in Tokyo, June 6, 2016. Masuzoe announced his resignation June 15.

Tokyo's governor resigned Wednesday amid accusations that he was using state funds for a lavish personal lifestyle.

Yoichi Masuzoe, 67, had been battling the prospect of a vote of no confidence for weeks before submitting his resignation.

All major political parties in the Tokyo legislature and agreed to submit a no-confidence motion against Masuzoe, which had been scheduled for a vote Wednesday.

Masuzoe's resignation, though unlikely to impact Tokyo's management of the 2020 Olympics, will serve to further embarrass the country regarding the scandal-fraught games.

Organizers have had to investigate claims of plagiarism over the games' logo, fight allegations of bribery from French prosecutors, and scrap the original design for the main stadium due to high costs.

Masuzoe was to attend the Olympic games in Rio in August, where he would have accepted the Olympic flag at a handover in the closing ceremonies.

The governor, who will officially leave office June 21, has been accused of excessive spending on international trips, including high-end resorts and spas, and purchasing art with official funds. Masuzoe denies breaking any laws but has repeatedly apologized for admitted questionable ethics.

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