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Japan PM's press chief resigns over pricey meal with Suga's son

Spokeswoman Yamada criticized after receiving $700 dinner tied to broadcaster

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, left, and Cabinet Public Relations Secretary Makiko Yamada. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A senior press official of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's Cabinet has resigned, the government said Monday, after she drew fire over an ethics scandal involving the premier's eldest son.

Cabinet Public Relations Secretary Makiko Yamada, who moderates Suga's news conferences, has been hospitalized, a government source said. The reason for her hospitalization remains unknown. She was due to appear in parliament to face questioning over the scandal later Monday.

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