Japan's ambassador to the United States will quit over the embezzlement scam engulfing a Denver consul, the top diplomat said Friday.
To take responsibility for appointing the embezzling official, ambassador Shunji Yanai offered to fall on his sword, ministry sources revealed.
Yanai also reportedly felt that the pilfering of public funds by the consul, who Yanai appointed when he was administrative vice foreign minister, topped scandals maligning the ministry. This helped spur his resignation decision.
"I deeply regret one scandal after another came to light," ministry sources quoted Yanai as saying.
The Denver consul, Makoto Mizutani, was …