(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Hundreds of protesters, including opposition lawmakers, demonstrated in Tokyo yesterday to demand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resign over a favouritism and cover-up scandal that has battered his popularity. Early yesterday evening, around 700 people gathered in front of the prime minister's office in light rain one of the largest anti-government demonstrations in recent weeks.
'Let's grill Abe and make him step down, Mizuho Fukushima, a senior lawmaker of the opposition Social Democratic Party, told the crowd.
Participants carried banners reading: 'Abe politics is full of lies. We are sick and tired of it.
The premier has been on the ropes in recent weeks amid a scandal over the cut-price sale of government land to an Abe supporter. The demonstration came as Nobuhisa Sagawa, formerly the head of the finance ministry department that oversaw the land deal, has been summoned to testify before parliament on Tuesday.