TOKYO, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A senior adviser to Japanese daily newspaper Asahi Shimbun has resigned as chairman of the national media association after a scandal at the newspaper.
Shinichi Hakoshima resigned from the Japan Newspaper Publishers and Editors Association in response to a scandal last month over fabricated data by a reporter at the daily's Nagano bureau that formed part of the paper's coverage of the Lower House election.
The reporter falsely wrote in story notes about the process by which Nagano prefecture Gov. Yasuo Tanaka came to lead the newly formed new party Nippon, the Asahi Shimbun reported Thursday.
Although the reporter did not speak with Tanaka, he quoted him in detail in a memo, writing that Tanaka and former lawmaker Shizuka Kamei had met in Nagano.
"The incident has damaged trust in journalism and its honor, and given the gravity of the situation, I decided to resign. I deeply apologize for the incident," said Hakoshima, who was also the former president of the newspaper. His resignation will be effective from October.
"I sincerely hope my resigning as chairman of the association will be a meaningful step toward recovering trust in newspapers," he added.