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LDP lawmaker who announced paternity leave quits after affair emerges

TOKYO (TR) – A lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party who announced plans to take paternity leave has resigned over revelations that he engaged in an extra-marital affair while his wife was pregnant, reports TBS News (Feb. 12).

Kensuke Miyazaki, a 35-year-old lower house member, announced his resignation from the Diet at a press conference on Friday morning. The move follows claims by a weekly magazine that he engaged in an affair with a 34-year-old female entertainer.

“My inappropriate behavior has caused a great deal of trouble to many people. I offer my most sincere apologies,” Miyazaki was quoted. “My very deep remorse has galvanized my resolve to resign as a Diet member.”

Kensuke Miyazaki
Kensuke Miyazaki

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.