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LDP lawmaker who announced paternity leave apologizes for adultery

Kensuke Miyazaki
Kensuke Miyazaki

TOKYO (TR) – A lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party who announced plans to take paternity leave has admitted to infidelity while his wife was pregnant, reports Fuji News Network (Feb. 9).

Kensuke Miyazaki, a 35-year-old lower house member, offered an apology following claims by a weekly magazine that he engaged in an affair with a 34-year-old female entertainer.

“To cause such trouble is inexcusable,” Miyazaki was quoted by the network during an interview on Tuesday morning.

Miyazaki added that he would clarify the matter at some point in the future.

According to the February 18 issue of Shukan Bunshun, which went on sale on Wednesday, the lawmaker summoned the unnamed celebrity from Tokyo to his residence in Kyoto’s Fushimi Ward on January 30.

Six days later, his wife, fellow LDP member Megumi Kaneko, 37, gave birth to a boy in Tokyo. Miyazaki was present for the delivery.

In December, Miyazaki, the representative from Kyoto’s No. 3 district, made the unprecedented announcement that he would be taking child-care leave to set an example for reversing the nation’s declining birthrate.

Miyazaki is believed to be the first male lawmaker to ever take such an action.